Monday, 23 January 2012

Ashridge Estate (22nd January)

Unfortunately I was unaware of the Little Auk that had turned up at College Lake so instead I was in the car of to Ashridge for a walk with my family and Theo (our dog).  1 Red Kite circled over the A41 near Berkhampstead and several Thrush sp. were in the hedgerows lining the bypass.  Sadly, the dead body of a Badger was lying next to the road along the B4506 (most  likely hit by a car the night before as it looked freshly dead) and 70+ Fallow Deer were also grassing in the surrounding fields.


Very little was seen on the walk, partly due to us arriving at the wrong time of day and clearly the wrong time of year, not to mention taking the route through the center of the wood were the fewest birds could be seen and the numerous other dog walkers disturbing the wildlife.  In total only 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Redwing were seen and a single Buzzard and Siskin were heard.  By late afternoon nothing was around except for a Muntjac Deer that crossed the Monument path.

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