Two song thrushes amongst a gang of blackbirds in the Orchard on Tuesday 28th January
Can anyone identify this flower, to be found under the big trees just to the east of the stumps?
And there was a song thrush in the Orchard this afternoon.
Two song thrushes busy by the double gates into Flora Field yesterday afternoon.
Plus the heron again near Lucy Brook yesterday morning. And not forgetting wrens which seem to be everywhere in our hedges at the moment.
Whilst marking out the beetle banks ready for the ploughman yesterday I put up a snipe from the marshy area alongside Aldcliffe Road and then disturbed a brown hare which ran off across the Flora Field.
On my way home a song thrush was serenading the Orchard from the trees by the Towneley Close entrance.
Three teal on Alder Pond this morning, plus a song thrush in the Orchard.
Also, I have been meaning to report that the Hedge Working Party observed a hare in Lower Sowerholme on 25th January.
A song thrush in the Big Meadow today and up above a single soaring swift. A pair of other birds displaying over the Meadow with their distinctive calls.
Two song thrushes busy in the Orchard this morning.
Part of the large flock of geese currently feeding on the hills adjacent to West Field actually crossed the boundary and explored West Field for a short time this afternoon. They do seem to regard the hedge as a rigid boundary (my own amateur theory is that the hills are heavily manured and thus have new grass shoots) but perhaps this little foray will lead to more extensive occupation.
Also yesterday I saw two song thrushes flying from the Pads footpath across Big Meadow to the hedgerow near Lucy Brook. I believe it’s some time since anyone has seen thrushes.
Whist working in the Reserves today we have observed three roe deer (this morning in Upper and Lower Sowerholme, this afternoon as brazen as you like in the middle of the Flora Field); a heron stood in the middle of the School Pond; two song thrush in the hedge alongside Lucy Brook; four lapwings calling over the Flora Field; two partridges set up from the Flora Field.
The wood anenomes near the Orchard north gate are starting to come. Blackthorn blossom near the fruit hedge.
On yesterday’s tour with Richard we saw a heron in Upper Sowerholme, teal in Alder Pond whilst a little earlier I saw a song thrush near the shed.
I note the report of meadow pipits in Big Meadow (blog 1/4/15). I am pretty sure I saw these yesterday but could not be sure at the time.