27 November 2013

Wednesday 27th November

Ring-necked Parakeet
Once again I spent all of the time in the cemo purely to look for the Yellow-browed Warbler which on this occasion took me over 2 hours, but eventually it showed, well for about 20 seconds that is, before disappearing once again this time near the Garden of Rest, also on show was 4 Firecrests which did the opposite and showed very well, other bits included 2 Bramblings west, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Goldcrests, 7 Chaffinches, 5 Redwings, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 10 Jays, 30 Blackbirds, 1 Peregrine, 2 Corn Buntings, 8 Ring-necked Parakeets, 4 Goldfinches, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 2 Mistle Thrushes.   

Tuesday 26th November

With only about 2 hours spare I concentrated all of my efforts on the cemo and didn't spend anytime around the allotments etc, but once again was rewarded with the long staying Yellow-browed Warbler which was briefly seen and heard calling with the tit and crest flock, also noted was 2 Firecrests, 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Peregrines, 1 Common Buzzard, 6 Goldcrests, 5 Redwings, 3 Meadow Pipits, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 40 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Chaffinches, 200 Wood Pigeons, 10 Jays, 1 Jackdaw and 20 Blackbirds.  

Monday 25th November

Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest
I didn't arrive on site until 12:25pm, but what a start it was when I located the long staying Yellow-browed Warbler which was present by the crematorium, to which it also called on and off for about a minute and was actually the first bird I had for the day, not only is this staying around but it may just overwinter who knows, but what a site record that would be, although currently I am just enjoying every day that it is here, I didn't relocate it after 12:30pm, but I would imagine it is still very much present with the mobile tit and crest flock like it has been on and off for the last 13 days, its still a big fidget so posing for the camera is still very much hard work but a challenge nevertheless, also today was 3 Firecrests, 6 Goldcrests, 1 Woodcock, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Buzzards, 5 Redwings, an excellent patch count of 21 Great Black-backed Gulls all heading north, 5 Chaffinches, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Meadow Pipit, 8 Jays and 20 Blackbirds.  

Thursday 21st November

With heavy rain pretty much constant throughout the day this was a bit of hit and miss, but the birds certainly didn't disappoint, between us Dave and I watched the patch from 8am - 4pm, best of all was a Yellow-browed Warbler which I found at 1:55pm, in the company of 1 Firecrest, 6 Goldcrests, 20 Blue Tits and 10 Great Tits but was extremely difficult to see at times in darkening conditions, this is also the latest bird ever recorded here by 4 days and I presume the same one seen on the 13th of this month. There was also a very good November total of 77 Blackbirds around the cemo, also 16 Jays, 90 Starlings, 3 Woodcocks, 1 late Brambling (for my site anyway), 3 Chaffinches, 4 Common Gulls, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 120 Linnets, 1 Sparrowhawk, 18 Goldfinches, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Curlew, 1 Lapwing, 20 Skylarks, 17 Meadow Pipits, 2 Green Woodpeckers and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

Wednesday 20th November

At least 3 Firecrests remained all following the tick flock, and once again another good total of 14 Jays which were present around the cemo, other bits were 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Peregrine, 1 Woodcock, 120 Linnets, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 14 Lapwings, 57 Skylarks and 2 Fieldfares

Tuesday 19th November

Without doubt this was an excellent day with the 3rd record of CATTLE EGRET for the patch which headed west over the cemo at 10:58am, and the 2nd bird recorded this year, there was also a Short-eared Owl the 2nd for the year which was hunting distantly over nearby fields and 4 Firecrests which spent most of their time following the tit flock around the cemo. Other bits included 1 Woodcock, 6 Goldcrests, 1 Fieldfare, 5 Redwings, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 14 Jays, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 20 Blue Tits, 4 Common Gulls, 1 Meadow Pipit and 8 Linnets.  

Monday 18th November

Very little change species wise with 2 Peregrines still hunting in fields behind the paddocks, also 32 Skylarks, 22 Meadow Pipits, 90 Linnets, 23 Chaffinches, 9 Jays, 1 Redwing and 2 Chiffchaffs

Sunday 17th November

Jay numbers continue to impress with at least 18 birds around the cemo, also another good total of Skylarks with 266 birds present in nearby fields, there was also 63 Meadow Pipits, 80 Linnets, 2 Peregrines, 2 Common Buzzards, 15 Chaffinches, 3 Green Woodpeckers and 2 Common Gulls. 

Saturday 16th November

A few of the usual's around today with 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrines, 2 Little Owls, 93 Skylarks, 15 Meadow Pipits, 20 Jays, 7 Fieldfares, 6 Redwings, 2 Chiffchaffs, 26 Chaffinches and 150 Linnets.

Thursday 14th November

Best record today was of a Swallow which headed west late morning which is also the latest bird ever recorded, with the previous record being the 5th, other bits today were 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Peregrine, 60 Skylarks, 12 Meadow Pipits, 3 Redwings, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 200 Linnets and 2 Green Woodpeckers.  

Wednesday 13th November

From Top Yellow-browed Warbler, Firecrest and Peregrine
Today was excellent with a total of 46 species, 9 hours of coverage and some very nice birds. As soon as I arrived on site it was pretty lively with one of 7 Firecrests showing very well by the main entrance giving a good chance of some nice photo shots, but the best was feeding in sycamores in what is now called the Dusky Thrush corner, another Yellow-browed Warbler which I found with 3 Chiffchaffs, at first the bird was a bit timid when first showed at 10:30am, I then called Dave who came straight over, and had to wait for about 20 minutes to relocate it, but when we did we hardly ever lost sight of the bird as it showed well on and off in the same location for the rest of the day whenever we was there, and up to 4pm at least calling frequently and at long last coming out in the open for a chance of a few record shots, Like the Wryneck its been another excellent year for YBW here with a good total of birds seen, but the day didn't end there when the first of 2 Woodcocks were seen by the chapels, and a good November patch count of 9 Bramblings, there was also an adult Mediterranean Gull which headed north. Other bits included 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskins, 85 Skylarks, 50 Chaffinches, 2 Fieldfares, 15 Redwings, 4 Goldcrests, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 38 Meadow Pipits, 2 Peregrines, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels, 5 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 216 Linnets, 22 Jays, 95 Skylarks, 26 Blackbirds, 2 Goldfinches and 3 Common Gulls.     

Monday 11th November

Star of the day was a Woodlark that Dave found near the main entrance late morning and another very good bird for the site, apart from that it was fairly quiet with just a single Common Buzzard, 1 Snipe, 2 Lapwings, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Goldcrest, 450 Starlings north/west, 8 Jays, 3 Redwings and 1 Fieldfare.  

Friday 8th November

There was a fair few hours of coverage today and in return it produced a nice selection of birds, probably one of the best was a Firecrest which was in the Garden of Rest and a fairly late Blackcap by the allotments, an adult Mediterranean Gull was near the main entrance and 3 Chiffchaffs were present around the cemo. Other highlights were 3,400 Starlings mainly heading north/west, 2 Grey Herons north/west, 2 Peregrines, 3 Sparrowhawks, 3 Common Buzzards, 7 Common Gulls, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 34 Pied Wagtails, 6 Meadow Pipits, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 10 Fieldfares, 38 Redwings, 11 Mistle Thrushes, 12 Jays, 156 Chaffinches, 1 Brambling and 20 Linnets.

Thursday 7th November

Today was a little better with a few bits on the move, bits noted were 2 Peregrines, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Little Owl, 48 Skylarks, 16 Meadow Pipits, 3 Common Gulls, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 37 Pied Wagtails, 18 Jays, 9 Mistle Thrushes, 6 Fieldfares, 2 Redwings, 19 Chaffinches, 14 Goldfinches, 260 Linnets, 160 Starlings and 8 House Sparrows.

Sunday 3rd November

Very quiet today of note was 1 Common Buzzard by the cement works.

Saturday 2nd November

Apart from the Ring Ouzel today's highlights were pretty much the same as yesterdays with 2 Peregrines, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Kestrel, 13 Jays, 24 Pied Wagtails, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 12 Redwings, 8 Goldfinches and 160 Linnets.

Friday 1st November

November Ring Ouzels are somewhat of a rarity here so when Dave found a single bird in the Garden of Rest it was certainly a nice surprise, apart from that it was generally on the quiet side but others noted were, 2 Peregrines, 3 Common Buzzards, 4 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels, 2 Chiffchaffs, 18 Jays, 1 Little Owl, 8 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Meadow Pipits, 22 Redwings, 14 Goldfinches and 165 Linnets

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