Sunday, 22 April 2012

Local Patch (21st April)


The day started with 1 Swallow and 1 Buzzard being mobbed by 3 very distant probable House Martins (a potential year tick for the local patch).


I was hoping to re-encounter the Little Owls but I have only been successful at this site on two occasions so it wasn't a surprise not to see any.  In compensation, I saw 1 Red Kite together with 3 Buzzards, 1 flyover Linnet and 2 Stock Doves.  Unfortunately the field east of Chipperfield now grows wheat instead of Pees so there was very little hope of last years repeat with the singing male Yellow Wagtails.


Next, I decided to head back on a round walk through Scatterdells Wood, bypassing the horse fields where all I found of note was 1 Green Woodpecker.  The only birds of note at Scatterdells were flyovers which were glimpsed through the canopy, these included 1 Buzzard and 1 Swallow2 Blackcaps were also in the wood.


Barnes Lane was equally unproductive with the highlights being another Buzzard, 4 Linnet, 1-2 Skylarks and a LITTLE OWL perched nearby to the usual spot in the poplar avenue.

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