Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Not much.....but......

As we were going up to visit family in Cheshire for a do on Sunday evening, we had toyed with the idea of going to Martin Mere, but when we saw the weather, we decided to give it a miss.

We arrived at our Nieces late afternoon for a cuppa before going out for a meal in Holmes Chapel. As the do was for our fellow birder and my sister in law Jo, we naturally got down to talking birds. Our niece (Jo's daughter, hope you are keeping up with this) then piped in about the starlings over Holmes Chapel in the evening and that we should see them on the way to the pub.

So when we set out there they were, this video is from my phone (which doesn't have much of a camera):

Today I managed to fit a 20 minute walk in at lunch just down to the canal and the Powke Lane POS, just to see what was about, the weather was glorious and the birds were in good voice. Nothing exciting but the singing was tremendous. Seen were:
Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Magpie and Woodpigeon. Down at the canal, just 2 Canada Geese and some Black Headed Gulls whirling around. Not a Mallard, Coot or Moorhen to be seen!

But a big bonus was a vixen who walked calmly past me in the copse just at the end of our road, not more than 10 feet away, she wasn't bothered by me one bit!

Oh and some good news! My 300mm lens is back and waiting to be collected from Jessops!

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