Saturday, 8 September 2012

Woodoaks Farm

After an enjoyable evening out I awoke early feeling a little groggy so decided to visit the farm to clear my head. What a beautiful morning it was with the rising sun warming the air and a blanket of mist briefly covering the pasture before burning away. On the fields adjacent the old orchard hundreds of geese fed amongst the stubble with 3 species noted. At the old orchard a single Little Owl was flushed and on passing Ladywalk Wood I noted a Common Buzzard being mobbed by a noisy Ring-necked Parakeet.  
A full list of species encountered as follows:-
Greylag Goose (74), Domestic Greylag Goose (2), Hybrid Canada/Greylag Goose (2), Canada Goose (200+), Egyptian Goose (16), Mallard (15), Common Buzzard (1), Feral Rock Dove (1), Woodpigeon (7), Collared Dove (2), Ring-necked Parakeet (9), Little Owl (1), Green Woodpecker (1), Great-spotted Woodpecker (1), Dunnock, European Robin, Blackcap (1), Chiffchaff (3), Goldcrest (1), Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Common Magpie (2), Western Jackdaw (26), Carrion Crow (2), House Sparrow (3), Common Chaffinch, European Goldfinch (1).
Grey Squirrel (2), Wood Mouse (1 dead at ladywalk wood).
Small Tortoiseshell (1).

                                          Wood Mouse (dead) at Ladywalk Wood.


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