Saturday, 21 May 2011

KL Woods and Barnes Lane

I left the house around 6:10 am for a break from revision.  The weather was too good for finding any late stranded migrants (clear skies with no cloud cover, temperature still quite low) and KL Woods was quite quiet with only a few Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest, as a result I soon left and headed behind the KL State School and Barnes Lane 1 Mistle Thrush was feeding on the playing field and 1 Whitethroat in the neighbouring farmland.  Further along Barnes Lane the list improved and the highlight of the day came as a medium thrush sized bird flew into the tree over my head but quickly diverted its flight path into a nearby tree were I realized it was a Little Owl.  It remained perched on an exposed branch from around 7:15-7:20 with an earthworm which it had recently caught, instead of eating it it headed of further down the avenue of trees towards Rucklers Lane were it probably has a nest with chicks.  Along the hedgerow leading to the underpass of the A41 there were also 4+ Linnets, several Whitethroats, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard) and a Swallow.  The adjacent fields also had several Skylarks, still singing and protecting territories as well as a total of 4 Yellowhammers and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker also along the lane.  Scatterdells Wood also remained quiet and most of the birds around were only heard including 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker(1 feeding young in a nest hole), 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Nuthatch.  A pair of Blackcaps was also at the far end of Scatterdells Lane.  4 Swallows also flew over the horse field whilst I walked back to KL at 9:20.

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