Monday, 16 February 2009

Holywell area

I was at Holywell Pond this morning with Holywell Birder. We stayed in the members hide for a couple of hours and in that time saw 2 Mute Swans, Coot, 17 Pochard, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Goldeneye, Gadwall, Wigeon and Teal on the water.
Two Whooper Swans flew over and tried to land but the resident Mutes made sure they weren’t going to.
Both feeding stations were busy as usual although the Bramblings haven’t been seen in a while.
Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Long tailed tit, Robin, Wren, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 20+ Greenfinch, Blackbird, GS Woodpecker, Moorhen, Pheasant and Water Rail were all present.
Two Canada Geese landed in the water and swan into the reeds as did a Greylag, also a female Sparrowhawk flew across the water.
We walked through the fields around the obelisk and managed to find Egg Pond where we flushed two Mallards. A couple of Skylark were singing in the fields and a Shellduck was on the flash near the pond with three Moorhen. The Moorhen got spooked and one of them flew into a tree, something I have never seen them do before.I have noticed Magpies starting to collect nest materials around Cramlington over the last few days, spring must be coming soon.

1 comment:

Alan Tilmouth said...

Ah, you said the SP word, that means more snow now! You young uns.