15.2.15.

Today’s walk was quite nice, 5ºC and hardly any wind. It was grey and cloudy, but it felt like spring maybe just round the corner.

Added another bird to my HC Year List, this time in the shape of 3 Lapwings over.  Other Birds noted:- 3- Carrion Crow, 1- Grey Heron (photo), 4- Great Tit, 5- Blue Tit, 2- Marsh Tit, 3- Lapwing (+), 2- Jackdaw, 11- Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo), 150+ Fieldfare, 3- Redwing, 2- Blackbird, 1- Goldfinch, 1- Jay, 1- Great-spotted Woodpecker, 10- Wood Pigeon, 1- Coal Tit, 2- Chaffinch, 1- Green Woodpecker, 1- Song Thrush, 2- Magpie. 45 for Year!

Also other Flora and Fauna:- 1- Unidentified Spider Egg Sack (photo), and also something I’ve seen on trees loads of time, but never got an identification before (see below photo for mystery item)…

My usual sight of the Grey Heron leaving the Island Pool early morning…

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The Heathland Corridor work now looks imminent. I would guess Green and Blue means remove, and Red and White plastic tie means keep. I actually walked in between the painted trees today, and I think its a great route through to Goldie Heath. Pleased about keeping two of the large conifers and also some of the Holly Trees/Bushes. Also a number of trees looked like they will dotted about the corridor. This for me is also important. I can see Tree Pipits using these to sing from…

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11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls over…

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Unidentified Spider Egg Sack…

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Unidentified/Mystery??? Seen this over the years quite a few times. Never bothered before to take photo and get it identified. Its a very Sooty/Hairy/Earthy like substance. I will be interested what it actually is. I would guess Invertebrate Made…

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I would guess this is Turkey Tail fungi but I have put it on iSpot to make sure…

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This photo is also of fungi, but must admit its my favourite photo from a very grey day! How Beautiful Mother Nature arranges things at times. Not sure if I should put this on iSpot….someone may ask me to photograph the gill sides of all these….

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Trouble with looking under old wood, is that everything runs for their lives. Did just about manage to get this Centipede and 2 Common Striped Woodlice. Note bottom Woodlouse legging it….

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Friday The 13th, 2015.

Not such an unlucky day on HC. I did get to see another new bird for my HC Year List. Its hard to believe but its nearly middle of February and only just added House Sparrow to my HC list. But House Sparrows never seem to be present on the Common. So seeing 6 on The Birch Coppice car park was a bonus. Wasn’t quick enough with the camera to get photo, and some dog walkers scared them off. Another highlight was while watching the bird food I put out, a Buzzard chased 2 Wood Pigeon out of the trees, and flew directly toward me. Although Buzzards are a common sight over The Common, things like this, still give me a buzz>

Bird Count for today:- Robin- 3 (photo of one who thought he/she was a Treecreeper), Blue Tit- 5, Chaffinch- 5, Great Tit- 2, Dunnock- 1, Wood Pigeon- 2, Buzzard- 1, Jay- 1, Coal Tit- 2, Blackbird- 2, Magpie- 5, Marsh Tit- 2, House Sparrow- 6 (+). 44 for the Year!

With the weather overcast and rainy, only managed this Robin photo, who I think thought it was a Trrecreeper….

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8.2.15. On Golden Pond Day!

Been really busy for two days (Car Hunting for Daughter) So I did not manage much time over HC this weekend. I did get a few images from round the Wardens Office, when filling the feeders up there. Didn’t even get time for my usual Bird Count. The next 3 photos were all taken on The Wardens Car Park. I was so Lucky, right after the Yellowhammer left the puddle, the Chaffinch decided to take a dip. Also when the Chaffinch left a Blue Tit decided it was bath Time. I would also like to thank Adam the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Warden, for just parking the Pick Up in the right area so I could hide behind and lean on for these photo’s On Golden Pond…..OK….Puddle… IMG_4804 IMG_4802 IMG_4803 Loved this afternoons light on these Two Pheasants in Farmland close to HC…. IMG_4760 IMG_4761 The Reed Bunting is still popping up… IMG_4769 Robin… IMG_4758 Good numbers of Linnet today… IMG_4762

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3.2.15. Jackdaw Day!

Had a lovely late afternoon walk today on HC. According to car temperature it was 6ºC and with no wind, it felt quite mild. Had an amazing experience….See Last Post.

Birds seen today:- 4- Robin, 7- Blue Tit, 2- Dunnock, 2- Marsh Tit (photo), 1- Treecreeper, 1- Magpie, 1- Collared Dove (photo), 1- Reed Bunting (photo), 3- Chaffinch, 1- Blackbird (photo), 1- Carrion Crow (photo), 6- Long-tailed Tits, 1- Buzzard (photo), 3- Great Tit (photo), 1- Coal Tit, 1- Green Woodpecker, 600+ Jackdaw.

Great Tit and Marsh Tit…

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Seem to be seeing a female Reed Bunting quite often just lately. This is my best Reed Bunting photo from Highgate Common….

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Blackbird…

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What a lovely way to see the Sun Set at Highgate Common, in the eyes of this Collared Dove…

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Not very good photos with light fading. But I couldn’t resist taking this Buzzard being mobbed by a Carrrion Crow..

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Now for the the highlight of my visit this afternoon. I’ve seen Starling murmurations, and although not the numbers in this Clattering (had to look Clattering up) of Jackdaws, it was still a awesome sight and sound. The well known Jack calls could be heard from miles away. With my photo (200+) as an aid, and knowing how far in front and behind the Clattering stretched there was an easy 600+. This is the count I will report to the BTO. Its not a great photo, but its something I’ve never seen or heard. it would have probably been better if I had taken a video….

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First Day of February!

Sunny but Cold Day!

Although the bird list seems quite good, it was a very quiet day. Bird List Today:- 5- Carrion Crow, 1- Mistle Thrush 70+ Fieldfare (on farmland to the north), 1- Bullfinch, 4- Buzzard (displaying) +1- by the Wardens Office (photo), 1- Green Woodpecker (photo), 1- Great-spotted Woodpecker, 6- Long-tailed Tits (photo), 2- Robin, 2- Great Tit, 4- Blue Tit, 2- Marsh Tit, 1- Coal Tit, 1-Jay, 3- Wood Pigeon, 1- Nuthatch, 1- Wren, 1- Song Thrush, 2- Blackbird, 2- Chaffinch, 1- Kestrel, 1- Magpie (photo).

Male Green Woodpecker on Goldie Heath… image Loved this small flock of Long-tailed Tits eating Willow-herb seeds. Its a shame i could not focus through the Willow-herb.. imageI put some seed out on the posts by the Wardens Office. It wasn’t meant for this Magpie, but it had only had a couple of seeds, when it flew off with its rattle type alarm call. (Note Red Reflector on Post)… image This was the reason for the Magpies panic. Out the corner of my eye, I noticed a Buzzard (top right) fly in…probably checking out all the birds in the area round the feeders. (note red reflector)… image My friend Ken Ball kindly sent me a photo from 2007 of Scarlet Elf Cups, obviously a better year on HC for this Species of fungi. I thought I was doing well to find 4…. image

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