31.1.16

PWC 2016 January Totals

Well it's been an amazing month to kick this challenge off with, had some awesome birds including; Raven, Bullfinch, Brambling,  Yellowhammer, Lapwing and Gadwall. 



Here is a roundup of this month's sighting: 


Greylag Geese: A resident species around the patch,  2 birds flew round the village, then relocated at the 'pond' in the afternoon on the 23rd 

Mallard: A resident species on the patch, around 30 birds present on the 'pond' with 3 domestic ducks



Mallard and Moorhen from the 23rd

Gadwall: 1 bird flew south outside the village on the 23rd probably came off the 'pond' , this is the first ever record on the patch, a species that  I didn't think I'd ever get

Red-legged Partridge: Rare but resident species, 7 birds were seen feeding in a fallowed field near Old Dalby Wood on the 31st

Grey  Partridge: Very rare but resident species, 2 birds were sen feeding with the 'Red-legs' on the 31st, this is the first sighting in 3 years!!!!
 
Pheasant: A resident species around the patch , 7 was the highest count on the 16th 
Sparrowhawk: A resident species around the patch, but can be elusive, seen on the 2nd, 6th, 10th of this month

Grey Heron: A vagrant species, one was feeding at the 'pond' on the 31st


Grey Heron flying away at the 'pond' on the 31st


Buzzard: A resident species around the patch, seen every time I've gone out birding, highest being 2 birds on the 23rd 


Buzzard from the 23rd

Sparrowhawk:A resident species around the patch, only one female was seen flying through the village on the 16th

Moorhen: A resident species around the patch, seen regularly on the 'pond' highest count being 3 on the 24th 

Golden Plover: A rare vagrant on my patch, this species I've only had one other sighting, one bird was heard on the 6th flying over in the night
 
Lapwing: A rare vagrant on my patch, with only a handful of records on the patch, 5 birds circled round just south of the village on the 23rd  
Lapwing from the 23rd

Woodcock: Uncommon Winter visitor, one bird was flushed in Old dalby Wood on the 31st

Common Gull: A vagrant on my patch, only 1 record was recorded this month being 6 birds flying SE on the 24th
 

Herring Gull: : A vagrant on my patch, only 1 record was recorded this month being 17 birds flying SE on the 16th
 
Stock Dove: A resident species around the patch, only a handful of records this month, the highest being a flock of 12 feeding with a flock of c30 Woodpigeon on the 31st at the 'pond'

Woodpigeon: A resident species around the patch, highest number was c200 feeding in a winter wheat field on the 17th 

Collared Dove: A resident species around the patch, seen most days hanging around the village, the highest number being 5 birds in Grimston Churchyard on the 24th 

Barn Owl: A rare vagrant on my patch, with one bird flying down a private lane on the 8th 

Little Owl: A resident species around the patch, heard most nights around the village, one bird was sighted sitting outside a Barn Owl box at the 'pond' on the 24th 

Tawny Owl: A resident species around the patch, heard most nights around the village, 3 birds were heard on the 13th 

Green Woodpecker: A vagrant on my patch, one record this month, being a male feeding in a paddock on the 24th
 
Great-Spotted Woodpecker: A resident species around the patch,  a few birds hang around different areas of the patch, the highest count at one time was 2 birds on the 24th 

Kestrel: A resident species around the patch, one sighting was of a female hunting near the grain dryer on the 4th 

Peregrine: A rare vagrant on my patch, with 2 previous records on the patch, a huge adult female raced through village chasing a Woodpigeon on the 24th
 
Magpie: A resident species around the patch, only 1 record this month off 3 birds on the 9th 

Jackdaw: A resident species around the patch, always around the village, and the nearby paddocks, the highest count being around 300+ on the 23rd going to roost

Rook: A resident species around the patch, always in the nearby paddocks, highest count being 200+ birds during roost on the 23rd 

Carrion Crow: A resident species around the patch, always hanging around the patch in small number, the highest count being 36 in the paddocks on the 23rd
 
Raven:A single bird spent the morning around the village on the 9th, it's more than likely it's still around with Corvids in the paddocks, then seen on the 31st when showing my Grandad the Bramblings on the 31st
 
Goldcrest: A resident species around the patch, resident in Old Dalby Wood, but a vagrant everywhere else, 1 bird was seen near the Grain Dryer on the 24th
 
Blue Tit: A resident species around the patch, seen regularly on the patch, 13 birds on the 17th was the highest count

Great Tit: A resident species around the patch, seen regularly on the patch, 7 birds on the 17th was the highest count

Coal Tit: A resident species around the patch, seen regularly on the patch, 3 birds on the 24th was the highest count

Skylark: A resident species around the patch, this time of year they hard to pin down, found 3 birds feeding in the fields outside the Grain Dryer

Long-tailed Tit: A resident species around the patch, regular flocks around the patch, a flock of 16 was the highest count recorded

Treecreeper: A vagrant species to the patch, one bird was recorded with a flock of Tits (Great, Blue and Long-tailed) on the 9th 
Wren: A resident species around the patch, highest count being 2 birds in my garden on the 3rd
 
Starling: A resident species around the patch, biggest flock count being 200+ flying round at roost time on the 24th 

Blackbird: A resident species around the patch, the highest count being  11 birds between the Orchard and Grain Dryer on the 22nd 

Fieldfare: A winter visitor to the patch, the highest flock count was 600+ birds flying through on the 23rd and 31 birds were recorded feeding in the Orchard 14th 

Song Thrush: A resident species around the patch, sadly declining species, one bird was seen at the 'pond' on the 31st and two birds were in the Orchard on the 14th  


Hazy shot of the Song Thrush at the 'pond' on the 31st

Redwing: A winter visitor to the patch, highest flock count was 300+ birds flying through on the 23rd 
Mistle Thrush: A vagrant species, one bird was within the flock of thrushes on the 14th in the Orchard

Robin: A resident species around the patch, highest number was 8 birds around the patch on the 24th, but there are probably more birds around

Dunnock: A resident species around the patch, 4 birds together was the highest count on the 16th 

House Sparrow: A resident species around the patch, with around 60+ birds in Grimston, including a female with 2 white primaries on each wing, she was seen on many occasions

Tree Sparrow: A resident species around the patch, but sadly declining species, with a handful of birds around, with 3 birds in a flock of c30 House Sparrows in a Shoby feeding station on the 2nd 

Grey Wagtail: A vagrant species on the patch, there were 2 records this month, 1 bird on the 1st and another heard flying over on the 24th, could well be the same bird
 
Pied Wagtail (yarrellii): A resident species on the patch, 5 birds were seen around the paddocks on the 24th 

Brambling: A winter visitor, a record number were recorded at the Grain Dryer on the 30th 22 birds were seen, these birds have increased in numbers over the last few years


7 of the 22 birds seen on the 30th

Lovely Male Brambling from the 30th



Chaffinch: A resident species on the patch, regular flock of 30-40 birds are at the Grain Dyer with the Brambling ,and a flock of 15-20 birds on the paddock hedgerows

Bullfinch: A resident species on the patch, 8 birds was the highest recorded, with 3 birds (2 Male and 1 Female) at a cover crop field, and 7 birds (4 male and 3 Female) at Saxelbye Hall on the 24th 
Male Bullfinch from the 23rd


Greenfinch: A resident species on the patch, sadly another declining species, with only 1 record, of a bird flying S on the 23rd 

Linnet: A resident species on the patch, numbers at the moment are down, with 2 records of a flock of 10 birds in the fields around the Grain Dryer regularly

Lesser Redpoll: A vagrant species on the patch, a flock of 3 birds at a cover crop field on the 16th and a single bird flew N on the 24th
 
Goldfinch: A resident species on the patch, with regular 'charm' flocks, the highest being 27 in a cover crop field on the 16th
 
Siskin: A winter visitor, a record flock was recorded of 7 individuals in the Goldfinch flock on the 16th and c10 flock was seen in Old Dalby Wood

Yellowhammer: A resident species on the patch, with 7 birds present in the hedgerows near the paddocks on the 24th 


Male Yellowhammer from the 24th

Reed Bunting: A resident species on the patch, with 7 birds with the Yellowhammer on the 24th 

Red = Less than 10 records on the patch
Blue = Between 10 - 50 records on the patch
My Spreadsheet showing all the species

My Spreadsheet showing all the species


My Spreadsheet showing all the species

So the first month proved very well with 59 species with 60 points, with the female Peregrine being the only 2 pointer.