|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.
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
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|
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.
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.
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.