I can’t believe it is Jan the 12th and today was the first time I have made it out onto the patch! A raging chest infection has seen me unable to do more than walk a few metres without either coughing my guts up or being so out of breath it is unreal (walking upstairs has tired me out!), anyway it is easing and so I thought despite the wind and rain and generally dull weather I’d head out onto the patch anyway.
First day out of the New Year
I headed straight for the muddy scrape/lake area as I knew this would likely be the area I would see the most species and although I was right there were not tremendous amounts of birds although the star was a 1st Winter Med Gull, briefly flying over and heading to the camp-site lake (it wasn’t there later). Other than that the usual species Teal, Wigeon, Mallard, Mute Swan etc. were pretty much it.
Walking around I slowly totted up the species, 70 Lapwing, the odd Herring Gull, single Reed Bunting and Kingfisher etc. but it was more noticeable what was not about, by now I had not seen a Robin or Chaffinch, there was very little in flight and I think the wind was keeping most things hidden away.
|Lichen – Manor Farm, Milton Keynes|
Egret and Buzzard
As I continued along, now on the North side of Manor Farm, and along side the river, the species number grew. A stunning cock Phesant; finally a Chaffinch; a few Goldfinch; Gadwall in good numbers on the camp-site lake, along with 2 Great Crested Grebes; then I disturbed only my second Little Egret of the day from the river. And, as it flew off up stream, it passed under a very low flying Buzzard that was causing a stir amongst the smaller birds.
Heading on Home
Just before passing under the viaduct, I picked up 2 small Goldcrest, in amongst the bushes. And then headed on home. Only finally finding Robins beside the old Lock.
|Windy Weeds – Manor Farm, Milton Keynes|
Iv’e decided I might try something new here and from now on (when I remember) include the time I was out (in hours and minutes); the distance traveled (assuming I put the app on); and a full list of species seen.
Time: 2 hours 13 mins
Distance: 4.04 miles
Full Species List
|Great Crested Grebe||2|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull||2|
Oh and hopefully next walk the light will be better and I’ll have some nicer photos. Sorry about this walks quality.
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