Friday, 2 March 2018

The Beast loosens her grip

No I'm not talking about my ageing mother, I'm talking about this:

Today's totals:
100+ Lapwing (feeding around the bulldozer), 3 Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin, 4 Jack Snipe, 1 Ruff, 7 Shelduck, 3 Water Rail, 50+ Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 1 Redpoll, 5 Goldfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Dartford Warbler 

The sting was definitely taken out of the wind today but conditions were still harsh. Excavation works on the valley mound was nothing short of divine intervention creating a life line for 100+ Lapwings, Thrushes, Pied Wagtails and Mipits that were feeding on the sheltered slope of newly exposed fresh soil. 

There was very little moving- a few Lapwing and a couple of Golden Plover. 

Highlight of the day was the discovery that there are two Dartford Warblers around one hiding in one of the copses on the mound and the other by the Southern Lake. 

The temperature is set to go above zero tonight and to rise to 4-5 C tomorrow as Storm Emma moves in from the west so it looks like the Beast is going to be slaughtered by Emma. 

Good job too as some of the birds were just about hanging in there. The Obs Garden had 7 Fieldfares and 1 Meadow Pipit today.

 Lapwing siting it out on the permitted footpath 
Lapwing feeding frenzy around the bulldozer (above and below) 

 Bad hair day 
 One of the Dartford Warblers
 Fieldfare in the Obs garden 
 House Sparrows at the Obs feeding station
 The Ruff on the permitted footpath 
One of the Golden Plovers from yesterday on the Permitted Footpath- (un-cropped shot) 
 Views over the North Lake over to London (above and below) 

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