Thursday, 7 January 2016

The Year begins on the Patch

After the thrill of new years day mega listing, it was nice to slow it down on Saturday and head out to the patch, obviously I was being extra vigilant as the new patch year list has of course begun.

First Visit - Pigney's Wood 2nd January 2016

The visit was generally quiet on the number of birds that were around with the exception to the flock of 65 Siskin, Blue Tit and Blackbird were the next numerous with only 13 of each seen.

Carrion Crow was the first bird seen for the year on the patch swiftly followed by Woodpigeon, Blackbird and Wren.

Then a Chiffchaff called merrily as if it was an early spring day, Blue Tit, Robin and Chaffinch were also seen. A flock of 10 Redwing flew from the mixed berry hedgerow. More Blackbirds and Song Thrush were in the same bushes.

Four Buzzards then gained height from the wood and drifted north, Great Tit and a small group of Bullfinch flew away as a large group of 65 Siskin flew over, followed with 14 Lesser Redpoll which landed briefly before making a hasty exit as a female Sparrowhawk cruised through and perched in a distant tree. A family group of Jay soon caught wind of Sparrowhawk and chased it away.

I was please to see the 4 Bearded Tits were still present in the reed bed with Kingfisher and 3 Cetti's Warbler a Yellowhammer flew over also.

(picture and video taken 28/12/2015)

I added more birds to the year list on the walk round to the wood, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Dunnock, Kestrel, Coal Tit, Magpie, Pheasent, Jackdaw, Rook, Pied Wagtail, Moorhen and Mute Swan.

In the wood the birds were generally quiet again but singles of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch and Treecreeper were great to see.

On the walk back to the car park 4 Goldfinch flew over and a few more Bullfinch softly trumpeted along the hedgerow and a second Chiffchaff called.

Pigney's Wood Totals - This Visit (and total) 38 Species.

First Visit - Trimingham 02/01/2016

Trimingham was quieter than Pigneys, it didn't help that is started to rain as I arrived but I headed out anyway.

Two Greylag flew over and the Black-headed and Common Gulls flew around the fields. I skimmed the Wood seeing Blackbird, Dunnock, Robin, Crow and Woodpigeon before heading to the cliff top.

Along the cliff top Meadow Pipit and Skylark were in the fields and Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls were on the beach.

The rain become harder so I positioned myself with my hood up in order to do a bit of sea watching.

I was straight onto 6 Shelduck flying East (as were all birds unless they were sitting on the sea), a lonely Razorbill was under the close watch of a Great Black-backed Gull as it tried to fish.

A small group of all female Common Scoter were sat on the sea, and a group of 5 duck flew though containing 4 Wigeon and a Teal.

An adult Gannet glided through close inshore and two Red-throated Divers whizzed straight through and as I followed them in the scope they cross a small party of Guillemot.

I walked back along the cliff top seeing a Rock Pipit on the cliff ledges, and a single Brent Goose flew along the sea before I headed back to the car.

Pheasant, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Starling, Blue Tit and Jackdaw were seen before I headed to Gimingham.

Trimingham Totals - This Visit (and total) 28 Species.

First Visit - Gimingham 02/01/2016

A brief visit proved productive seeing Black-headed and Common Gull, Carrion Crow, Mute Swan, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Moorhen, Wren, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit and Blackbird.

I also added patch year ticks, Coot, Mallard, Heron, Grey Wagtail and Greenfinch.

But the best bird of the day has to be the drake Goosander.

Gimingham Totals - This Visit (and total) 20 Species in 30 mins.

First Visit - Ebridge 03/01/2016

It was pouring with rain when I set out at Ebridge, I did gain some patch year ticks though, Feral Pigeon, Linnet, Little Grebe and Fieldfare were the common birds I would of expected to get at this part of the patch.

But the 22 Lapwing and 10 Golden Plover were a real surprise in the beet field.

Ebridge Totals - This Visit (and total) 29 Species.

Total for all the Patch for the year - 67 Species

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