Friday, 19 February 2010

Around the patch

Had a good walk around part of the patch today after the snow, starting at Arcot Golfcourse were a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a couple of Jays were seen but not heard.
I sat in the hide for a while but the empty feeding station wasn't attracting anything so off to Arcot Pond instead.

Only the back of Arcot Pond is unfrozen so all the wildfowl were grouped together. I had my highest ever count of Coot at Arcot with at least 14 on the water and on the ice.
5 Pochard, 4 males and one female were diving and three Wigeon, two males and a female were amongst the Teal and Mallard pushed up against the reeds.

5 Snipe flew accross the pond closely followed by a Buzzard which had been sitting in the tree by the broken gate.

A flock of Fieldfare and a couple of Song Thrush were feeding on the ground amongst the horses near Beacon Lane. I didn't see much else on the way home apart from three Bullfinch in seperate areas all looking at their best in the sunlight.

52 - Jay

53 - Great Spotted Woodpecker

54 - Pochard

55 - Wigeon

56 - Buzzard

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