The last of the snow has gone and the temperature is in double figures here, the first time since November. 11.6C to be exact, now my Christmas present is working fully. So you would think its would be good to get out ......wrong, a very blowy NW wind and driving rain would only make an idiot go out first thing this morning, so out I went. Venturing a little further afield for a change, outside my Waldridge 'patch' area and into Gateshead but it wasn't too long before I was home again. Back in Waldridge the wind had dropped and there was quite a bit of bird song with 5+ Robin, 2 Blackbird and 3 Wrens singing. A Great Spotted Woodpecker called in the paddock, which reminds me, I had a Green Woodpecker yesterday, flying over the A167 by Plawsworth. A lone Grey Lag Goose flew over the house calling heading west Interestingly, I twice saw a single Grey Lag earlier at Birtley reedbed pools doing a similar thing. It could well have been the same bird.
The garden feeders have been nothing like as busy recently and with a maximum of only 8 Wood Pigeon, its rather civilised out there. The pair of Chaffinch have settled down and are almost always present whenever I look out.
|One of the resident Chaffinches|
Earlier this afternoon 2 Linnet also flew over the house calling, this latter species is new for my 2011 Waldridge patch. I was asked the other day where my Waldridge boundaries are. Basically what I'm calling my patch is anywhere within the old Chester-le-Street town boundary but as long as I walked there from the house. This type of patch area is becoming more popular with birders and often called OFFH not One Floor from Heaven (a Norwegian dance party) but On Foot From House. So there you have it, my OFFH list for 2011 currently stands at 77 birds, 2 mammals and 5 flowering plants