Sunday, 29 January 2012

Spotting a near miss Roe

Cold and frosty, -0.2C when I left this morning having already heard a Tawny Owl calling in the Hermitage Woods. Three Grey Lag Geese flew over  at dawn. A surprising amount of bird song with Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Collared Dove, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Chaffinch all doing a bit of the vocals first thing. Jays were particulary conspicious today having a number of the usual fleeting glimpses as were Bullfinch.

3 Grey Lag  Geese at dawn

A Willow Tit was in the South Burn Woods, remaining hidden for most of its time but calling frequently, where the second new bird of the year flew over in the form of two Crossbill, which landed in the Sitka Spruce plantation.
I see Roe Deer not uncommonly on the fell, but I had two sightings today. Firstly 2 females, distantly beyond the far fence of Wanister Bog, then with a few walkers we watched a young one run across Waldridge Lane in front of, (though thankfully missing), a car.
The temperature just poked it's nose above zero by the time I returned home.
Birds now at 62 for the year

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