Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Saturday, 19 March 2011
2 Blue Tit
2 Coal Tit
7 House Sparrow
3 Collared Dove
1 Feral Pigeon
Food: Seed, Sunflower Hearts, Peanuts and Fat Balls.
Mammals: 2 Cats (unfortunately)
Amphibians: 4 Common Frog
Butterflies: 1 Small Tortiseshell
Other insects of note: 22 7-spotted Ladybirds were counted in our front garden.
On the way home I stopped at Holme Fleet. As I sat watching the birds I spotted a Roe Deer over the road near the Long Drag. It is the first time I have seen a deer on the Long Drag.
2011 Year = 110 (Little Grebe & Lesser Black-backed Gull)
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Also today, the Blue Tit pair had their third viewing of our box. Since I bought a new nestbox with camera over a year ago, no bird has decided to use it. Fingers crossed, this year it becomes a new home with a family.
Then I went to Hartlepool Headland to look for any birds passing our coast and also the resident Mediterranean Gull. Unfortunately no sign of the gull, but a passing adult Gannet was a highlight.
2011 Bird Year List = 108 (Gannet & Rose-ringed Parakeet)
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Blue Tit 2
Coal Tit 1
House Sparrow 9
Collared Dove 3
Feral Pigeon 6
Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed, Peanuts and Fat Balls.
Mammals: 1 Cat
12/3/11 - 10 Common Frogs were present in our garden pond. 1 White-tailed Bumblebee and a 7-spotted Ladybird were also seen.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
2011 Year List = 106 species (Avocet)
On Sunday 6th March 2011, I videoed this Common Seal in Greatham Creek. The Seal was intrigued by a red balloon that was on the shoreline, so unfortunately he doesn't look at the camera.
Earlier in the day, the Teesmouth Field Centre was open for visitors to enjoy the seals resting on the sand banks in Seal Sands. We had 43 Common Seals and 10 Grey Seals during our 2 hour hide session.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Blue Tit 2
Coal Tit 1
Long-tailed Tit 1
House Sparrow 9
Collared Dove 4
Feral Pigeon 2
Food: Sunflower Hearts, Peanuts, Fat Balls & Seed.
Mammals: 2 Cats.
Butterflies: 1 Small Tortiseshell (first of the year in the garden).
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
We started at the village of Stillingfleet and a few minutes spent walking around the churchyard and village got us some nice birds. Our ears were filled with the calls of Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Blue Tit and Great Tit as the species list started to grow. A Kestral was hunting along the beck side and four Moorhen went about their business of searching for food. The final reward before leaving the village were a pair of Siskins which perched on the wires.
The next stop was the open fields where the winter crops and grass shoots were still relatively short following the harsh winter conditions. The beautiful sound of Skylark fill the air and despite a breeze a Corn Bunting sat proud on top of a tree merrily joining in the chorus. What a surprise, as Corn Bunting are a species that are in a steady decline. Grey Partridges could be seen in a distant field, before we turned a corner at the end of the field. A quick scan of the land, yielded a huge mixed flock of Fieldfare, Starling and a solitary Redwing. Then we spotted some Golden Plover, Lapwing, Red-legged Partridge and Grey Partridge on the field. Plus two Brown Hares sitting quiet enjoying a bit of hazy sunshine.
Then we went to the next habitat within the square, a small area of mixed woodland. Four Jays were spotted as we walked along the path, plus Bullfinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker. The small birds were an everpresent, so the trees and bushes were constantly moving as they flew from perch to perch. Approximately 8 Stock Dove were seen within a large mixed flock of Woodpigeon, Rook, Jackdaw and Carrion Crow. Then as we stood near a farm, Linda spotted a small falcon trying to catch a Skylark in the air. The birds twisted and turned up high in the sky, before the falcon plummeted to towards the ground at a fast rate of knots and out of sight. After a quick run back along the path we spotted the falcon again, who had managed to catch it's lunch. Now sitting up in the tree with its reward was a Merlin. What an amazing few minutes of birdwatching and the highlight of our walk.
Following our good fortune in Se54 we left the square behind and headed to North Duffield Carrs for a well earned sit down in the hides and the last bit of birdwatching before the light faded away.
2011 Bird Year List = 105 species (Red-legged Partridge, Merlin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Jay and Corn Bunting).