This morning I popped for my first proper visit to the patch in over a week. I was hoping to perhaps hear my first patch Chiffchaff of the year or even pick up an early Wheatear. I had no joy on either but it was an enjoyable visit all the same.
I started off by scanning the paddocks along Stanklyn Lane. Here there were 15 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare and 5 Skylark present. Further down the lane in the scarified field were 11 Corn Buntings, 4 Yellowhammers, c.60 Chaffinch and 3 Greenfinch. A Common Buzzard was up over Stanklyn Wood.
At Heath Lane there was still a flock of c.100 Linnet present. A Kestrel and 3 Skylark were also noted.
The Butts Lane/Barrs Lane area was quiet although a Stock Dove and 11 Linnet were on the plough. I also observed a pair of Long-tailed Tits gathering nest material.
The days highlight however came from Witch Lane where a single Curlew was present in the grassy field behind the fishery. Also noted along Witch Lane were 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Wren and a Pied Wagtail.
Curlew - 17th March 2012
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