Friday, 2 April 2010
Wassell Grove Fisheries.... 27/03/2010
No Swallows (as hoped) to be seen on my way to the Fisheries this morning though 4 Skylarks seen and heard over the ploughed fields were a delight on what I thought would be a refreshing walk in the sunshine.....that is until I got out of my car, goodness me!! The wind that was blowing was such a cold one!! Brrrr!!!!!! I had left my gloves and fleece hat at home so a case of grin and bear it! However, once walking alongside the hedgerow I was sheltered from the cold wind and it actually felt quite pleasant. I began to think that the birds were laying low and sheltering from the wind as it was so quiet, with just the odd Blue & Great Tit flitting along the trees along with a Greenfinch that was calling 'zweeb, zweeb' continously, also Goldfinch, Wren and Robin were seen. As I neared the end of the shortened walk and about to head back as I wanted to survey the fields this morning, I spied a flock of c20 small birds heading for the top of one the Alders! Their buzzing rattle call was a good pointer to ID them as Redpoll (sp) and once I had managed to locate them amongst the high branches my suspicions were confirmed! I was well chuffed with this sighting, especially as they were my first of the year!
As I walked along the public footpath on the edge of one of the fields I saw large flocks of Carrion Crows and Woodpigeons alighting and then after a while descending once again into the distant fields. A Green Woodpecker was heard yaffling but not seen....again....I will catch sight of it one day.lol!! A Common Buzzard was hawking in the adjoining field and then flew beyond the distant hedgerow. I love to watch and hear the Buzzards so I was pleased to have had good views of the one seen today.
On my way home I decided to pull into a lay-by along one of the roads that has fields either side of it. I was so pleased that I did as I heard my first Chiffchaff of the year!! A lovely end to my 'Saturday Solitude' walk