Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Too Few Birds

Last week saw a combination of rain, northerly winds and cold temperatures that conspired to prevent early migrants moving our way.  Internet bird news confirmed the paucity of birds - a flurry of Chiffchaffs, the occasional Wheatear, and a smattering only of pipits and wagtails. Excitement arrived in the form of a few high flying Ospreys headed for Scotland. 

Tuesday's forecast looked likely to break the deadlock with southerly winds and temperatures forecast to be in the teens. If only.  I arranged to meet with Andy at Oakenclough at 0630 but stopped briefly for the obligatory Barn Owl. 

Barn Owl

The morning was 100% cloud with gradual clearance into a sunny but still chilly morning. Birds were few and far between and a miserly catch of just 6 birds, about as bad as it gets with neither rhyme nor reason to explain our disappointment. 

Visible migration seemed nil apart from a handful of Meadow Pipits and a high-fly flock of either Redpolls or Siskins that numbered about 25. Our catch comprised 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Robin, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock and 1 Blue Tit. 

By 1100 hours we'd called time on the morning. 

Lesser Redpoll

Lesser Redpoll

Other birds seen - 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Buzzard, 15 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing. 

On the drive home back home via Rawcliffe Moss I stopped to watch a Kestrel and then spotted the pair of Highland Cattle, many miles from Scotland. 

Highland Cattle


Back home we have a regular Grey Squirrel looking for food and nest building Collared Doves, Woodpigeons and Greenfinches.

Grey Squirrel

Collared Dove

More news soon I hope. "Things can only get better" for Another Bird Blog.

On reading the latest news back home it appears that migration was much more obvious in coastal locations with Sand Martins, Wheatears, Siskins and Willow Warblers in evidence.  


The Padre said...

Right On - And Dig That Banner Shot - Always Appreciate These Peaceful Posts Of Yours - Also, Here Is Me Latest Time Lapse ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgWA8OLHyjE ) From The Bird Feeders - And A Pretty Cool Weather Front Moving Through The Valley


Veronica Lee said...

A fascinating round-up of critters you have here, Phil!

Happy Wednesday!

Mike Attwood said...

Interesting selection Phil, Its more than I am getting although the blue tits are back and eyeing up the nest box. Our local red kites seem to be active and there are more birds in flight over the village than have been of late. I live in hope. Stay safe.

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eileeninmd said...

Hello Phil,
What a great variety of birds. I love the Barn Owl and the Redpoll! The cows are cute too.
Wonderful photos! Take care, have a great day!

Rhodesia said...

I am seeing very few birds now they have all vanished with the warm weather and love is in the air. Just love that Barn Owl. Sorry, I am not keeping up with blogs very well at present, the garden is taking over my life with the change of weather!! Keep safe Diane

Rain said...

Hi Phil! :) I really love your bird photos, that Barn Owl is just beautiful...but the cattle stole the show for me. They are lovely creatures and ones that I just don't ever see here!

Lowcarb team member said...

That Barn Owl is lovely, so too the Redpoll.
I also like the Highland Cattle and the squirrel.
We had a squirrel in the garden earlier today, perhaps I may get a photograph one day!

Hope you had a good Easter.

All the best Jan

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