|Great-crested Grebe preening|
I had a target of adding 5 new species for the year (maybe more if my luck was in) but it seems the rain and especially the wind were against me, although I did manage to add a large flock of Greylag geese (the biggest count for the site, over in flight), A single Siskin and a number of Tufted Ducks (up to 4) birds like Skylark still elude me. Total for the month was 52 species with three new for the year taking me up to 63 for the year
|Great Crested grebe|
|Black Headed Gull|
|Lesser Black-Backed Gull|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|
Again I had a few set targets for Feb photographically and I can say without doubt I failed on them all, there was no mist, the goldfinch kept down due to the wind and my magpie shot is still just a dream, although I did manage to get some great photos of single Magpies, some wonderful Great Crested Grebes, a few excellent Mute Swans and some decent photos of the tufted ducks, anyway here are a select few.
|Great-crested Grebes searching for rival|
|Mute Swans, mirroring|
|Tufted Duck group|
|Male Tufted Duck|
|Tufted Ducks in flight|
|Robin in song|
And so to my March targets (let’s see if I can actually achieve a few more of these). On a personal note I’m still hoping to find a new home (My patch may have to change if I do), and I have the first anniversary of my sister’s death approaching fast (17th Feb) so that will be a hard time for all the family. But on a plus side spring seems to be in the air, the plants are starting to come into bloom and there are migrants already making their way through.
My first aim is still Skylark, if the wind dies down and the sun comes out this MUST be on the cards, I hope Redpoll also falls or I will be waiting till autumn movements start, and I’d hate to wait that long, other than these I am really hoping for a migrant or two, early birds Like Chiffchaff has to be the first I am likely to come across and there is the outside chance of a Garganey (4 pairs have been seen on the lake once) they are already coming through, 4 already through Bucks.
Well I guess the same 3 I had before still remain, but I’d quite like to target a few more passerines. I’m also hoping that there will be a number of insects making their way back into the world (I will have my moth trap out this month, if not sooner!) so I can get back down to some macro photography, a genre I love.
So, there you have it February’s review down, and now on to March.
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