Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Longham Patch Saturday 21st

Got to the lakes a little bit late today to find parts of the lake frozen mainly on the eastern shores, brrr and it was cold on the western side of south lake with the wind coming across the lake.
A good walk round watching and looking for new birds, recorded 44spp ( will I ever get 50spp) round the lakes today with 3 new birds for the patch work challenge and the best bird was a Peregrine  going west with some type of prey in its talons. Not sure if the bird took something of the lake as heard a commotion from the gull as they went up then spotted the Peregrine flying towards and over me top land on a pylon only to be pushed of by the crows. Also a nice largish flock of c60 Lapwings flying west over the South Lake. And of course the 3 GWE are still there two on North Lake and one on the large island.
The full list of species seen today
Mute Swan, Greylag goose – 14, Canada goose, Wigeon, Gadwall Teal, Mallard, Shoveler – 8 Pochard – 40, Tufted Duck, Little Egret – 6 , Great White Egret – 3, Grey Heron – 2, Little Grebes, great crested Grebes,Buzzard,Moorhen,Coot,Lapwing- c60, Snipe – 5 Black-Headed Gulls,Common Gull-1, Lesser Black-backed Gull –1 Great Black-backed Gull – 2, Woodpigeons, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker –2, Peregrine, Magpies, Jackdaws,Carrion Crows, Blue Tit –3, Long-tailed Tit - 4, Wren – 4, Starlings,Blackbirds,Song Thrush – 4,Robins,Stonechat – 2,Dunnock, House Sparrows, Grey Wagtail and Chaffinches.
Gulls on ice

Great White Egret

Frozen North East Corner of North Lake

Robins are alway handy for a picture

Song Thrush plenty about today

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