Saturday, 1 April 2017

First week of March

The beginning of March was mostly confined to back garden bird watching and a trip out to the Brecks. In the garden the feeders were constantly full of House Sparrows but still no sign of the Tree Sparrows which had been absent for several months.
 But thenon the 3rd and a pair of Tree Sparrows hung around for a few days, to then disappear again and not be seen for the rest of the month. This could be it for the summer. They must be using other gardens perhaps closer to where they breed ( as I write this I have found out where they are going to - more of that later ! ).
 Another frequent visitor to the feeders were a couple of Bramblings.
Over the back fields and Buzzards were becoming very active with one particularly pale pair. This below a typical plumaged bird.
and this the best of the visiting Bramblings
A trip out the Lynford Arboretum to look for Hawfinches was unsuccessful but some of the commoner woodland birds performed for "the lens" Here a Marsh Tit
 Small cup fungus I have yet to look up

and lots of Siskins as ever feeding in the Alders
 A quick call in at Cockley Cley to see the Great Grey Shrike

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