On the way back to the car park i witnessed a different kind of migration. "Toads"
Just past the feeders, Common Toads were crossing the path in numbers, from the field heading towards the water filled ditch opposite. Some individually but most were females with males clinging on tightly to their backs. Some carrying just one male others were carrying two at a time. i counted seven different females carrying males and four individual males.
|Long Tailed Tit.|
|Goldfinches on the feeders.|
|Snipe drumming over Greenaways.|
|Dunlin on Big Otmoor.|
|Dunlin & Redshank, Big Otmoor|
|Greylag at the 1st screen.|
|Greylag in flight.|
|Red Kite being mobbed by Lapwings.|
Three's a crowd
News away from otmoor..
I had a very welcome visitor to my garden last week, in the form of a Siskin. I was very pleased as It was a new bird for my garden list. My garden also seems to be inundated with what i think are a type of shield bug.
A couple of weeks ago Derek Woodard photographed a very unusual sighting.
A Barn Owl was carrying a mouse when it was suddenly attacked from behind by a Kestrel. Apparently the Kestrel caught the Owl and they disappeared into the long grass were they fought over the mouse. Both the Owl and Kestrel were seen flying off in different directions with the Owl still in possession of the mouse.
I just had to include Dereks Photos in my blog. they are fantastic shots. (Thanks Derek).
Today's list of species...
Mute Swan, Greylag, Canada, Mallard, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Pochard, Tufted, Shoveller, Water Rail, Coot, Moorhen, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Redshank, Curlew, Dunlin, Lapwing, LBB Gull, BH Gull, Red Kite, Raven, Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Magpie, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Starling, GS Woodpecker, Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Great Tit, Blue Tit, LT Tit, Goldcrest, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin.