Sunday, 25 March 2012

Back at Honeysuckle farm

Just a week after they are opened for the season we are back at Honeysuckle farm near Hornsea this morning. A foggy start but as soon as we arrived at the farm the sun was shining. Still in the car park we could hear the trademark "Little bit of bread and no cheeeeese!" of a singing male Yellowhammer. I hadn't hear or seen one for a while so we were down for a lovely surprise when we were virtually surrounded by the amazingly bright yellow birds a few minutes later. They seem to have discovered an easy source of food by the automatic seed release machines next to the poultry pens. A little band of six or so waited on the bushes until people dispersed after each feeding session, and alighted near the feeders to scoop the grain. The one on the photo above landed practically where my camera was pointing! 
 No luck with the Water Voles this time though. The water was murky in the carp ponds and the carp very sluggish. Maybe it is too early in the season and the voles have become unaccustomed to people. I'm sure we will have more opportunities to try again, now that this is the only open farm near us after the closure of Cruckley Farm.
A mining bee Andrena sp. on a bank. There were several active species about on the earth mounds resulting of canal and pond digging
Honeybee on Blackthorn blossom
Male House Sparrow
Bird list
  1. Blackbird
  2. Blue Tit
  3. Chaffinch
  4. Coal Tit 
  5. Dunnock
  6. Goldfinch
  7. Great Tit
  8. Greenfinch
  9. House Sparrow
  10. Jackdaw
  11. Mallard
  12. Robin
  13. Skylark
  14. Woodpigeon
  15. Wren
  16. Yellowhammer
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