I’m starting to think making plans for my walks is as pointless as brewing tea in a chocolate teapot, I have seen loads of spiders sitting pretty on their webs of late so I though a walk around the patch to attempt to photograph them and maybe get a nice photo of a Robin was in order, the sun was shining, what could go wrong?
High Fliers and an Egret
Well as always it didn’t work out, I couldn’t find a single spider, and none of the Robins were playing ball however the day was not a loss in fact it was a really great day, the migration over the patch seemed to be in full flow. Firstly you know it is a good day when the first bird you see is a Sparrowhawk hunting above the lake. This was swiftly followed by not one but two Great Spotted Woodpeckers flying over (I saw 4 in total today).
Although the birds were good I must say most were heard only, I had fly over Skylark (too many to count), Redwing, Linnet, Redpoll, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Chaffinch (and another unidentified finch, like a loud Redpoll?), Cormorant (13 in total?), Grey Wagtail (saw 3 more as well), 8 Eurasian Jay but best of all 2 Snipe (these being patch ticks for me) and a Meadow Pipit (also a patch tick). I imagine anyone on a decent migration path (at height) would have had a wonderful passage today.
|Grey Wagtail in bushes (not a place you see them often)
|Little Egret in a tree (flushed by a dog walker from the river).
|Grey Heron (it was obviously a heron in a tree kind of day)
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