Sunday, 15 March 2015

Spring in the farm

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.
Calling Dunnock
A nicely spotted Frog
A pair in amplexus dives as another male jumps on them
More croaking.
Coal Tit feeding on larch seeds.
And a Lesser Redpoll doing the same.
Lesser Redpoll
Cows and Jackdaws
Two male House Sparrows with different bib size
Bird list
  1. Blackbird
  2. Blue Tit
  3. Buzzard
  4. Chaffinch
  5. Coal Tit
  6. Common Gull
  7. Dunnock
  8. Feral Pigeon
  9. Goldfinch
  10. Great Tit
  11. Greenfinch
  12. House Sparrow
  13. Jackdaw
  14. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  15. Lesser Redpoll
  16. Long-tailed Tit
  17. Pied Wagtail
  18. Robin
  19. Rook
  20. Starling
  21. Woodpigeon
  22. Wren
  23. Yellowhammer

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