That sounds like a good day Delia.Well worth braving the weather for.
Today was even better Ben!
Rather a pleasant afternoon, not very
sunny, but pleasantly warm.
have arrived in the gorse (well one anyway). He was sitting right on top but I didn't hear him singing, also in that area were singing Chaffinches
and a Wren
There was a Heron
sitting beside where I park the car, so I held off going down there for a while, contenting myself with listening to the Skylarks
whilst looking over the loch from the road. I could see the Little Grebes
were feeding and the Moorhen
was there too (later saw both of them). Several Common Gulls
and 2 Black-headed Gulls
came in for a wash (I'd seen a lot of them feeding in a field where they'd been muck-spreading).
Eventually I could contain myself no longer and, sorry to say, frightened the Heron away - he'd had a good innings though I felt!
There were 8 Oystercatchers
and 1 Lapwing
on the causeway and the odd Rook
It was far to nice to just hang about round the car, so I risked my dodgy hip and toddled down to the water's edge. Now... would it be frogs or toads with coppery eyes??? anyway there were loads of them. I then walked right round to the
tree and on the way 8 Starlings
stopped in it for a rest. They'd gone before I got there (nothing to do with me, honest
). I paused under the tree for a whilie and blow me... a Reed Bunting
landed just above my head.
Back at the car, and thinking about leaving when... ummmm.... what's that? Got the bins up and it was the female Goosander
away at the far end in the reedy stuff. No sign of the male though. She flew away eastwards as I was leaving.
Apart from that I could hear a Song Thrush
singing in the forest.