Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Kings Langley and Cassiobury Park (7th February)

  • cloud 0/3 shade 1/3
  • wind 0/3
  • temp. 0-1/3
  • fog 0-1/3
  • snow fall 1/3
  • 2 inch of ground-snow, nearly all compressed into ice (three days old)


From the bus stop in Kings Langley, a total of 56+ Redwing flew over.


1 Grey Heron was noted from the bus near the Cassiobury estate.  In the park, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard, one had begun drumming whilst the other was heard "peeping" near the center of the park, followed by a yaffling Green Woodpecker.  In addition, 1 Common Gull flew over, it seems to me that recently, the underwings of Common and Black-headed Gulls appear much darker against the pale background of the snow and sky in comparison to earlier in the winter, an unusual optical illusion.  Within the half hour 149+ Fieldfare flew east (mostly over the gardens in the Cassiobury estate) followed by a small flurry of light snow that only lasted for about 10 minutes.  Also of note were 19+ Redwing and 1 calling Nuthatch.

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