Naturelog: Friday 24th January

Posted: January 24, 2014 in Birds, Natural History
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It’s been relatively busy week work wise, so there hasn’t been much time to get out and see what’s been about. Access to the Tarn is still closed and there doesn’t seem to be any news yet as to when it will reopen to the public. So a lot of this week as bid about watching what’s happening in the garden. The number of Redwing visiting the garden has begun to drop and this week for the first time this year there have been days when they have not been seen. It may be they are exhausting the local food supply and moving on. The other regular visitors have all been present and it was a pleasant surprise on Monday to have a brief visit from a Jay. This was the first sighting in the garden since the end of November last year of a bird which in previous years has been fairly numerous in the area. Yesterday, the female Blackcap put in another appearance at the feeders.

I was working in my office this afternoon, when from the corner of my eye I saw a large bird land in the garden and disappear behind the Bush. My first inclination was that it was the sparrowhawk and it had caught another ‘unfortunate’ pigeon on the ground. Imagine my surprise when a male Pheasant emerged from behind the bush. This is a First for the garden and a most unexpected species to add to the garden and patch lists. It disappeared briefly into cover, before running across the grass and into the trees at the bottom of the garden and was not seen again. This brings my patch all-time list to 66 species.

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Common Pheasant [sp] (Phasianus colchicus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

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