25th March 2020
This Rook was a garden tick although I did have one in my other garden, only around the corner, feeding in the compost with 2 Laughing Gull followed by an Iceland the next day!
A walk mid-morning in the warm sunshine around the Garrison was very quiet and the only birds of note were a single Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and on the west side, yesterdays Black Redstart was still present. Approaching the football field. I was almost home, when I spotted a crow on the far side. Just check it’s not a Rook and it was! By the time Robin had arrived, it had made the short hope into my garden with 4 Carrion Crow. I made a dash to tick it off from my window and then later on it returned to the football field where Higgo connected with it.
Found this Rook first on the football field before it ended up infront of my digs in the garden
There was also this partial albino Blackbird in the garden
On the Garrison there 2 Peacock, Speckled Wood and 5 Small Tortoiseshell including this one
Yesterday, Higgo and I walked around St Mary’s together, I kept my distance from him, I always do. Higgo had already seen Scott Reid’s Black-tailed Godwit and Snow Bunting on Penninis and it wasn’t until we arrived at Carn Morvel, the south end of the golf course, that we heard and saw the 2 Chough fly past towards Porthloo. Just around the corner from the carn was a female Ring Ouzel and at the stables there were 7 White and 4 Pied Wagtail.
After observing the LESSER KESTREL still favouring Porth Hellick Down, Higgo moved on and past the airfield I had now 4 Golden Plover and a male Ring Ouzel at the south end. There was a report of a Siberian Chiffchaff at the Standing Stones Field early on but all I could find was the very pale Willow Warbler from the day before. There were more Linnets and Goldfinch also in today.
At the stables there were up to 4 Pied and 7 White Wagtail
The adult male LESSER KESTREL wasn’t showing as well as it was two days ago
Lots of Wrens singing all over the shop
And small numbers of Linnets arriving as well