Saturday 19th March
Harpham-Lowthorpe: 8 Greylags, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel, 4 Lapwing, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Barn Owl, 1 GS Woodpecker, 14 Redwing at Lowthorpe Church, 1 Goldcrest, several Long-tailed Tit, 4 Coal Tit including one in song, 2 Tree Sparrow, 4 Bullfinch (2 pairs), 1 Reed Bunting. Also one Roe Deer and a brief encounter with a Stoat. The first two butterflies of the year appeared in the morning sunshine, Small Tortoiseshells. Highlight of the morning were 9 Common Buzzards in the air - the most I've seen at once in the area.
Green Lane-Barf Hill: On the semi-permanent 'flash' were 2 Shelduck, 23 Wigeon, 4 Teal. Blimey, whatever next? Elsewhere were 4 Greylags, 6 Mallard, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Lapwing, 300+ small gulls were on one field (mostly Commons), 3 Herring Gulls, 10 Redwing at Barf Hill, several Long-tailed Tit, 1 Reed Bunting.
A quick look at Kelk Lake at dusk produced 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye including a fine drake, 2 Coot and a Little Grebe. Nearby also a Kestrel, 6 Grey Partridge, and 8 Golden Plover (year tick!).
Sunday 20th March
Kelk Beck: 9 Mute Swan, 6 Teal, 36 Mallard, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Coot, 8 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Meadow Pipit (year tick!), 2 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting. The 15 Whooper Swans were first noticed from the beck - far in the distance heading north before dropping down. I wasn't 100% they were Whoopers on such a view but it seemed most likely they should be. A detour along Green Lane found them on the pasture near the flash - also 2 Oystercatcher and a Green Sandpiper.
Gembling-Foston: 4 Teal, 8 Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Kelk), 3 Kestrel, 8 Coot at Brigham Quarry but nothing else as someone was riding a quad bike around! Also 1 Curlew and 5 Fieldfare. A singing Chiffchaff was in Kelk as I returned.
A few photos although the birdies were generally being uncooperative all weekend. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
Now this is easy. It stayed still and posed well. Erm... a new Barn Owl box by the road bridge at Foston.
Reed Bunting on Green Lane - not a spot I normally see them at.
These little buggers flit about too much and I have no patience. Rubbish shot, but still a Great Tit for the archive.
Robin serenading me at dusk. What a charmer.
Lovely male Pied Wagtail posing on wires in Kelk. They have a strong preference for farmyards in the area but you can pick them up calling as they fly over almost anywhere. Occasionally in autumn they will form flocks especialy on pasture or freshly ploughed land.