I walked to the field lake again this afternoon - the warmest part of the day I think. It was busier than last time - the Canada geese and oystercatchers were busy feeding on the grass, the male yellow wagtail was feeding on the 'spit' on the southern 'shore' and the little ringed plover was feeding on the edge of the lake nearest the path, stirring up the mud to reveal food. The mallards, coot and 3 pied wagtails were also there. But (at the risk of having the mickey taken out of me!) I also saw what I'm sure is a ring ouzel! It was on the grass to the south, and showed really clearly although some way away - blackbird shape and with a white curved patch on its breast. I got a picture up on my phone and compared it with the bird, and they were identical. I know that sometimes blackbirds have small albino patches, but this was a large area, and just the right shape and position.
You need to have more confidence in your sightings Wendy!! Just the right time of the year for a Ring Ouzel on it's way north. I had one in Tatton once in April - it's on the list. (Let me know if anyone takes the mickey - we'll send the boys round!)
Great to hear at last from Simon and Lyn in Warrington.
Thanks for sharing what other Members are seeing; it helps a lot to know that it's all still out there to be experienced, once the restrictions are relaxed.
We're spending much of our time redesigning the garden and are enjoying the birds that visit, namely: Dunnock, Blackbird, Blue/Great/Coal & Long-tailed Tit, Goldfinch, Robin, Nuthatch, Magpie & the ubiquitous Wood Pigeons. Also, there are occasional visits from a Wren and most days we have Mallard, Carrion Crows, Jackdaws, Jays & up to four Buzzards overhead.
The prescribed walks around here are solidly suburban or beside intensively farmed fields, though there are a few remnants of deciduous woodland threading through. We get out a couple of times a week and see the usual suspects, though we saw our first Swallows of the year today as well as a nice pair of Greenfinches. Previously, we've had Chiffchaff, Song Thrush & Chaffinch from our walks.
Lyn & Simon
Hi Tony, not much for you. Below only has a tenuous link to birds publish it if you want, it is a bit of filler.
This morning Tuesday while a bit on the chilly side
I decided to wash the Lexus turned out bigger job than I thought first time it has been cleaned since November. This afternoon I mowed our lawn which was ravaged by the floods of the winter, seems a long time ago now, then sat in sun looking at lawn wondering if I have the desire to renovate it.
I thought sod it and started to look skywards for Swallows; no luck then I heard the raucous sound of gulls in the distance reminded me of sitting in the conservatory of the Falcon's Nest Hotel Port Erin conservatory having a nice glass of red while looking at a marvellous sun set over the Irish Sea, then I opened my eyes and saw the lawn!!
It is not very often I like hearing gulls. I did today.
Yesterday's walk yesterday was to Moss Lane to Swain's Way, Green Lane and back home. Today was to Rostherne via footpaths and lanes. Today we decided to do a day list - 41 species, which didn't include any hirundines. Nor Willow Warblers (where are they?!). But a new species for our Lockdown List - Meadow Pipit!
Finally from Phil Hampson one of his entertaining and informative rambles! Tony
Finally from Phil Hampson one of his entertaining and informative rambles!