Monday, 10 January 2011

Ashtead Common Patchwalk.

Another afternoon patch walk around Ashtead Common today. Not a massive species count but I did notch up some additions to the year list: 
Coal Tit (3), Marsh Tit, Fieldfare (5), Sparrowhawk, Treecreeper (3), Starlings and two seperate flocks of Lesser Redpolls (approx 40 in all) flitting about high over the birches plus another sighting of a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Unfortunately the light and constant movement of most of the birds as they fed furiously did not help me getting many photos.
 Lesser Redpolls
 A very flighty Goldcrest. One of 3 travelling with a flock of 20 Long-tailed Tits.
 The quick climbing Treecreeper.

So that brings the patch list total up to 29 for two brief visits.  FAB.


  1. Always success! Nice series, Frank.

  2. Nice post! You saw some of my favorite birds - redpolls, goldcrest, fieldfare... Is there a hint of spring? No more snow? I would love to go on a walk like that! We still have freezing temps and lots of snow on the ground.

  3. I'll take all of these sightings if this is ok with you... Ok I have bohemian waxwings but not too much more around... I've only seen 16 species so far and I would love to see a fieldfare that I did not manage to see last year... The better days are coming Frank and soon we will have light ;-)

  4. Georgeous shots and fab series.

  5. I've never seen a tree creeper. Interesting and beautiful bird. Carol

  6. I look forward to you reporting your 100th patch species for the year Frank :-) ( In August!)

  7. Thanks Mona.

    Hi Hilke. No snow but still very wet and cold. Spring may be a little way off yet!

    Hi Chris. Yes, we could all do with some lighter days. Still plenty of Waxwings over here as well.

    Thank you Lisa.

    Hi Carol. The Treecreeper was a nice find. Fairly common locally but not always easy to find or photograph.

    Hi Warren. From experience that target may be a little out of reach but who knows.

  8. Great collection of birds! Love the tree creeper!

  9. Thanks Kathie. The Treecreepers are a delight to watch but a devil to focus on!


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