A family outing to Honeysuckle Farm. There were sunny spells when we arrived and it was mild enough in the sun for a picnic. The pond by the barn was teeming with frogs. Most appeared to be males bumping into each other and croaking, but there was a female about with attendant male. No frogspawn yet though.
A buzzard flew over, the first one I've seen in this location, I was very pleased to hear my son later (who was somewhere else at the time) say he had spotted a buzzard too. The nicest find was a Lesser Redpoll feeding with a Coal Tit in a group of larches.
We walked around the young woodland. Trees are growing fast, most already outgrowing their guards! Other than primroses and gorse little else was in bloom.
In the cow field there was a male yellowhammer, but I didn't hear any singing while we were there. A flock of chaffinch, jackdaws, a pied wagtail and a few rooks fed around the cows.
It clouded over and the breeze gave a strong wind chill factor. After icecreams we were more than ready to get back in the car and head home.
A nicely spotted Frog
A pair in amplexus dives as another male jumps on them
Coal Tit feeding on larch seeds.
And a Lesser Redpoll doing the same.
Cows and Jackdaws
Two male House Sparrows with different bib size
- Blue Tit
- Coal Tit
- Common Gull
- Feral Pigeon
- Great Tit
- House Sparrow
- Lesser Black-backed Gull
- Lesser Redpoll
- Long-tailed Tit
- Pied Wagtail