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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