February Review


Great-crested Grebe preening
Great-crested Grebe preening
And so another month has been and gone, I can’t believe we are already into March now! So it is time for another round up of the month just gone, and as with January it was a good month for species but a poor month for weather, let’s hope March is better (it already seems spring is about to burst onto the scenes so that is good.



Species Round Up


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

Full list:



Great Crested grebe
Little Grebe
Grey Heron
Little Egret
Cormorant
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Greylag goose
Mallard
Tufted Duck
Sparrowhawk
Common Buzzard
Coot
Moorhen
Black Headed Gull
Common Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-Backed Gull
Wood Pigeon
Collard Dove
Stock Dove
Feral Pigeon
Kingfisher
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Wren
Dunnock
European Robin
Redwing
Song Thrush
Fieldfare
Blackbird
Goldcrest
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Coal Tit
Long-tailed tit
Treecreeper
Magpie
Jay
Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Starling
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Bullfinch
Siskin 
Reed Bunting

Photographic Highlights


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.

Eurasian Robin
Eurasian Robin

Black-billed Magpie
Black-billed Magpie

Great-Crested Grebe
Great-Crested Grebe

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Great-crested Grebes searching for rival
Great-crested Grebes searching for rival

Mute Swans, mirroring
Mute Swans, mirroring

Tufted Duck group
Tufted Duck group

Male Tufted Duck
Male Tufted Duck

Tufted Ducks in flight
Tufted Ducks in flight

Robin in song
Robin in song


March Targets


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.

Target Birds


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.

Photographic Targets


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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