11 November 2015

Coal Tits at the patch: 11 November

Concentrated on birding the old railway and Bonehead Woodland at Staines Moor today. Finally caught up with the Coal Tit(s) that has been visiting the feeders for a few weeks. From photos there was actually 2 Coal Tits at the feeders today along with several each of Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit and Ring-necked Parakeet, and 5+ (4f, 1m) Chaffinch.

Setting up a feeding station and keeping the feeders topped up on Staines Moor is no easy task and so Stephen Minhinnick must be thanked for his efforts as well as for getting me a patch tick.

Coal Tit - 1 of 3 birds present along the old railway today

Photos show 3 different Coal Tits on site today - the 2 right hand birds were visiting the feeders

Another Coal Tit a little further south along the old railway was my second record (identified as a third bird from photos), and a Eurasian Treecreeper around the feeders was my third patch record.

Eurasian Treecreeper along the old railway today - I love the white claws on these birds

Today's Eurasian Treecreeper

Other notables today were 1 Short-eared Owl at the north end at dusk that flew up from the grass and headed directly off north to Stanwell Moor, 2 (1f ,1m) Eurasian Bullfinch along the old railway, 26 Goldcrest, 1 Fieldfare (Bonehead Woodland), 1+ Water Pipit over the east side, 2 Little Egret, 3 (2m, 1f) Stonechat, 10 Stock Dove (over Bonehead Woodland) and 1+ Kestrel.

Vis mig was almost non-existent with 4 Fieldfare SW, 2(H) redpoll sp., 1 alba wagtail over W, and 1 pale Common Buzzard ENE (didn't look like the usual pale individual in a brief view) just south of the A30).

It's so mild still that Water Forget-me-not Myosotis scorpioides is still flowering along the Colne.

Weather: Overcast (8 oktas), mild, some very light drizzle at times, moderate SW wind.

2 comments:

  1. My pleasure Lee, you have put me on to loads of birds and I am very greatful

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  2. They look so beautiful!

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