Sunday, 11 May 2008

Bird Count at Minsteracres.



The kind of day that lifts the spirit, purely by virtue of the variety of fellow creatures we saw en route around Minsteracres.

In approximately 2 hours, amongst others, we encountered:

Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Being territorial, standing over a hole in dead wood.

Garden Warbler
Difficult to see initially but, now I know, I'll see them again!

Spotted Flycatcher
Ditto!

Bluetit

sorry...
Too many to count really..

Chaffinch
Ditto..

Nuthatch
These two were high on a 'wanted' list and eventual 'Trophy' sightings for me!
The Nuthatch creeps down and..

Treecreeper
The Treecreeper, up.

Pheasant
Betraying it's game self by rustling in the undergrowth and 'coughing' dramatically.

Moorhen
Sitting in a tree, bizarrely!

Wheatear
At a distance, but recognisable due to it's trademark, namesake, 'White Arse'.

Lapwing
More territorial action, this time in defiance of the visiting...

Kestrel
Just the one.

Swallow
Sighted collecting mouthfuls of mud for nesting.

House Martin
Round the house!

Et al

Hare
Walking off, like a dog before the car.

Grey Squirrel
Overlooking a selection of traps designed to halt it's progress over the gradually southward travelling Red.

1 comment:

Niraj Ahuja said...

There is a link, Richard...
Try guessing where the red squirrel would be at any given time! And one's presence will surely alter where the squirrel would be. Though it will still be there (even if we were not there as observers) unlike some of the rogue sub-atomic particles.