Thoughts of heading down for another Seawatch, were dispelled by A) forgetting to set an alarm and B) sleeping in until half seven😏,Vague notions of going to Knepp were knocked on the head by Margie deciding to stay in bed!! So I headed for a quick stroll around the "Patch" It's nearly a year since I started "patching" although it's tailed of a bit lately I was hoping for some evidence of Spring Migrants arriving maybe even a Nightingale, although to be honest,if your hoping for a Nightingale you should really get your arse out of bed earlier.
Predictably I didn't find a Nightingale although there were plenty of Common Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs and 4 Swallows back at the place where they bred last year!!
|Common Whitethroat, finally a bird in Blossom could have posed a bit better TBH!!|
Other birds of note seen were, a female Bullfinch fly past, a singing Song Thrush, a close Heron, a showyish Skylark and a pair of Stock Doves.
|Ropey Church pic|
Today was more about the Mammals than the birds, with four Foxes seen, an amazingly showy Squirrel and group of three Deer
|one of the Deer|
The other three Foxes were in a field with some sheep, one of which had obviously died and the Foxes took full advantage, at first there were a pair of Foxes on the carcass, with attendant Magpies, I was at distance so headed down the footpath to get a bit closer, as I did another Fox appeared in front of me and trotted down the path before disappearing into the hedge! When I reached an area where I could once again see what was going on, it was interesting to see the pair had moved off and then while I watched the Fox I had seen appeared in the field and took a turn at the meat bonanza! I know it was the same one because it had no tail!! I was tempted to stick around for a while in the hope of a Buzzard or Red Kite coming in to get a piece of the action, but after 10 mins or so with no sign I moved on.
|The pair, the Sheep behind seemed unconcerned by presence of the Foxes|
|Not sure this Magpie knows what it's doing|
|The Fox without a tail|
|Magpie waiting for a chance|
|Keeping an eye out|
An interesting encounter, nature's not all pretty birds and flowers!
|Linnet savaging a seed|
So an interesting couple of hours home by 8.45!!