Friday, 9 April 2010
Easter weekend was in the main a 'get in the garden at last' weekend! After the lengthy wintry weather it was good to be out in the garden, in at times pleasant sunshine and tidying up the damage done by the cold frosty weather. However a birding walk was still planned albeit late in the afternoon. The Moors Pools at Upton Warren was chosen as it is a short (ish) walk to the hides, after the gardening a long trek was not inviting! In and around the water the highlights were Swan, Cormorant, Tufted Duck, G C Grebes (not displaying, perhaps too late in the day.lol), Coot, Moorhen, Shoveler, Lapwing, Mallard, Oystercatcher, Canada and Greylag Geese and B H Gull. Reed Buntings were on the seed heads of the Bullrushes in front of the hide giving great views of them with some of the down off the rushes sticking to their heads and faces, quite comical, I bet it tickled too.lol!! On a short walk down the lane to the farm a Green Woodpecker was heard yaffling and then it flew in to a paddock but did not stay for long. A Chiffchaff was also seen and heard. An Oystercatcher, Jackdaw and Magpie were in the paddock feeding close by each other, I thought it was an unusual scene seeing these three species as close together as they were. A Wagtail had been seen for a few minutes on the Pools and I had thought it looked a little different from the Pied Wagtail and wondered if it were a White Wagtail. Unfortunately an inconclusive result on this one, only having very distant and cropped photo's.
Easter Monday was to be a short visit to the area in my 'Circular Walk' post, taking the latter part of the walk as it was so productive on my last visit. A good choice as a flock of c30 Linnets were seen and heard lifting from the fields along with a few Fieldfare and Starlings!! Yellowhammers, Green, Gold and Chaffinch were also in good numbers, especially the Goldfinch. A pleasing walk after another day spent tidying the garden! The sun shone on occasions and it made me think that in the coming months the fields will turn from stubble fields into 'fields of gold' and look delightful!