Thursday, 28 February 2013
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Friday, 22 February 2013
And as another first ever photo from Blackdog (scraping the "first" category barrel admittedly), a fly-by Goosander (a useful less than annual building block, a rather less useful pic).
Keep 'em coming.....
Thursday, 21 February 2013
So with 67.57%, and the half ton, we re-take the top spot, but for how long?
Friday, 15 February 2013
Cycling around the patch yesterday afternoon I almost rode through a gelatinous mass of frogspawn overflowing from a tiny puddle in the middle of the road. Stoopid frogs!
|Frogspawn in the same ditch -- this clump spotted on 09 January|
Fieldfare and redwing still rife around the patch, gorging on ivy berries it looked like. Crawling with goldcrests and coal tits too....
None of which matters, because they're already ticked.
What wasn't already ticked was the drake wigeon pootling about on the far side of the lake, soon joined by a female paddling out of the reeds. Full fat patch tick -- the second in a week. RESULT! Added to the flyover curlew just as darkness fell a few nights back that takes me to 55 for the year or 66.67%, if you're counting.
But on the other hand...
Three garden ticks this month: Long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser and a couple of smew. All from the front room. Saves getting off my fat arse.
These and a long-staying Iceland gull and other bits and bobs put me on a rather lowly 65 species (41.77%).
Still, the weather is fine and there's still a greenfinch to be had somewhere...
Monday, 11 February 2013
A buzzard... on patch... from the car. Phenomenal!
Just to put that last statement into context, buzzards are still scarce enough down here in West Cork, although they have been spreading south in Ireland for some time, and have been slowly moving into the region from further north over recent years.
This is my first on patch in more than a decade here.
And then I hooked up with Seppy and we went off and ticked the black ducks... and while we did actually get out of the car for a closer look, the truth is we could have car-ticked these bad boys too.
More importantly the buzzard takes me back to the top of the table on 64.24%.
Monday, 4 February 2013
Slim pickings on patch over recent days, down largely to shite weather (Welcome to West Cork) and general "can't really be arsed"ness. That said a fortuitous jay from the car a while back and a couple of stock doves on a tramp around the north east corner keeps me in touch on 63.03% -- so close I can smell the leader.
Still a bit of gleanable gank left -- like black headed gull and collared dove -- neither of which are as certain on patch as you'd think. Running out of easy options though, and may have to start actually looking for birds beyond the confines of the car and garden soon.