|Here is my standing in red, and my rival (friend) Sam who i'm competing against (Midlands League)|
|Here is my standing in red, and my rival (friend) Sam who i'm competing against (Under 25 League)|
Mute Swan: 6 birds flew E on the 18th, this is one of a handful of records of Mute Swan on the Patch
Greylag Goose: The highest count was 7 birds flying round the village on the 18th, but 2 birds have regularly been seen hanging round at the 'pond'
|3 Greylag Geese at the 'pond' on the 28th|
Mallard: The usual c30 birds hanging round the 'pond' with 2 domestic mallards in there as well
Red-Legged Partridge: 1 bird was seen sulking along a hedgerow just outside Shoby on the 19th
Pheasant: A resident species on the Patch, the highest count being 6 birds in the paddocks near the Stud.
Sparrowhawk: Only 1 record this month, with a male bird flying through Saxelbye Park on the 21st
Buzzard: A resident species on the Patch, 2 birds was the highest count on the 7th, with one bird giving close views in the Paddocks near the Stud, which some of you might have seen photos on my Twitter Page
Moorhen: 3 birds were present throughout the month at the 'pond' and 2 birds were seen at a different site in the 19th
Lapwing: 22 birds were seen feeding in a winter wheat field on the 28th on my way back from the Woodland Survey
|Part of the Lapwing flock from the 28th|
Black-headed Gull: 2 flocks both containing c40 birds in each flew over the patch on the 18th
Stock Dove: 8 birds were present in the paddocks near the Stud feeding with Starlings and Corvids on the 19th
Woodpigeon: A resident species on the Patch, the biggest flock contained 300+ birds on the 9th
Stock Dove: 3 records this month with the biggest flock of 8+ birds feeding with 300+ corvids in the paddocks on the 19th
Collared Dove: A resident species on the patch, with 2 pairs being the highest count around the village on the 18th
Little Owl: A resident but a species that likes to keep itself hidden! With one record this month being one bird sat on a telegraph post on the 28th
|Terrible Shot of a Little Owl on the 28th|
Green Woodpecker:One record this month with a female bird flying through the village on the 5th
Great-Spotted Woodpecker: 3 records this month, all 1 individuals with one male heard drumming on the 14th
Kestrel: 2 records this month with a pair seen at their breeding site just outside the village on the 12th
Magpie: A resident species on the patch with 3 records the highest count being 4 birds in the paddocks near the stud.
Jay: One bird was heard then seen fly through Saxelbye Hall on the 7th, this is one of a handful of records
Jackdaw: A resident species on the patch, with the highest flock being 300+ with a bird with abnormal plumage seen on the 28th
|Abnormal Jackdaw Plumage on the 28th|
Rook: A resident species on the patch with the largest flock being 200+ birds on the 15th
Carrion Crow: A resident species with the highest flock being 20+ on the 15th
|One of the Raven's from the 7th|
Goldcrest: 2 records this month 7 birds were present in Old Dalby Wood during my monthly Woodland Survey on the 28th
Blue Tit: A resident species on the patch, with 5 birds was the biggest flock counted, which was in my garden on the 27th
Great Tit: A resident species on the patch, with the biggest flock being 7 birds moving through Shoby on the 7th
Coal Tit: Only 2 records of this species, numbers have fallen as were arriving to spring, with 2 birds present in the garden on the 19th and 5 birds on the 28th during my Woodland Survey
Marsh Tit: Less than 10 birds ever recorded on the patch, but they are becoming more frequent, one bird was heard then seen briefly on the 18th at Saxelbye Park with a tit flock also containing one of the only records of Treecreeper this month.
Skylark: Up to 7 birds were seen on the 7th, with 3-4 birds heard singing regularly
|Skylark from the 7th|
Long-tailed Tit: One local flock containing 12 birds was seen on 3 separate occasions with the first record being on the 18th
Treecreeper: With 2 records this month, the record being on the 18th at Saxelbye park in a Tit flock including the Marsh Tit, the other record being 2-3 birds present in Old Dalby Wood during my survey, this is the highest record of Treecreepers seen at once ever!
|One of the Treecreeper's in Old Dalby Wood on the 28th|
Starling: A resident species on the patch, with the highest count being 400+ in the paddocks near the Stud
Blackbird: A resident species on the patch, with 11 birds being the highest count near the grain dryer on the 7th
Fieldfare: Only 4 records this month, with 200+ moving through on the 20th, but 1 bird is present throughout the month on the local orchard
Redwing: Only 3 records this month with the highest count being 100+ on the 20th.
|A single bird seen at Shoby on the 27th|
Mistle Thrush: 2 records this month, with 2 birds present around the village on the 20th then the 27th
Song Thrush: 4 records this month, numbers do seem to have increased possibly due to Scandinavian birds moving through with 7 birds counted along the hedgerows on the way for the woodland survey on the 28th
Robin: A resident species on the patch, with 5 birds present at Shoby being the highest count
Stonechat: A female was present along the hedgerows near Saxelbye Park on the 20th, this is the first record EVER on the patch, and it was my youngest cousin (6 years old) who spotted it first, young birder in the making!!!!!!!!!
Dunnock: A resident species on the patch, with 4 birds in my garden on the 15th being the highest count in one place.
House Sparrow: A resident species on the patch, with 50+ always in the hedgerows near my house
Tree Sparrow: A resident species on the patch, 1 pair was seen at their breeding location on the 18th
|Heavily cropped image of a Tree Sparrow on the 18th|
Grey Wagtail: One bird was heard flying over the village on the 20th
Pied Wagtail (yarrellii): 2 birds present throughout the month on the paddocks near the stud
Meadow Pipit: First record of the year with a single bird flying through (N) on the 18th
Brambling: The record was broken once again with 42 birds present on the 21st, the numbers suddenly dropped with only a few birds back at the grain dryer
|Part of the Brambling flock from the 17th|
Chaffinch: A resident species on the patch with 50+ seen on the 28th near where the Lapwings were
Bullfinch: A resident species, 5 birds was the highest count on the 17th at Shoby
Greenfinch: A resident species on the patch, with 5 birds present around the village with 3 of them being singing and displaying males
Linnet:A resident species on the patch, only 1 record this month of a single bird flying through on the 7th, there numbers have been down this year compared to other years, maybe due to a mild winter
Lesser Redpoll: 2 records both at the start of the month, with 2 birds at Shoby on the 7th being the highest total.
Goldfinch: A resident species on the patch, with 20+ being the highest count on the 20th
Siskin: 2 records this month, 2 birds present on the 7th, then 10+ present again in Old Dalby Wood on the 28th
|Siskin at Shoby from the 7th|
Yellowhammer: A resident species on the patch, with 5 records of this species, with 21 being the highest count in the paddocks near the stud
|Yellowhammer from the 28th|
Reed Bunting: One record this month of an individual seen at Shoby on the 18th
Here are my records of all the species for the month
And here are the new species for the year: