January began with a close encounter of a Short Eared Owl that entertained me for best part of 25 minutes before deciding it was time to go a hunting.
Around the same time I had come across some pellets whci I now believe to belong to a Barn Owl and spent some time taking apart and what appear to be a voles.
I spent nearly two hours stood like a scarecrow in the snow, in a dung heap! to win the trust of a Meadow Pipit and Robin; I came across a couple of Jays at Lea Town and had a Pied Wagtail and Great Spotted Woodpecker as regular garden visitors. While out at Clifton I came a cross a small mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwing but could manage no more than a record shot.
This was going to be one or at most two posts, but I can see I'm running into trouble even now! So bear with me.
Come February and a female Bullfinch was a pleasant sight on the Honeysuckle seeds I had left over-winter. Over at Knott End I was in the right place at the right time to photograph the Twite on the Esplanade; while I picked up a Rock Pipit near the Bourne Arms. There were quite a few Eiders on the Sea, with Turnstone, Knot, Redshank and other waders and Gulls on the foreshore and a Mistle Thrush in Knott End. A field of Pink-Footed Geese on the way home. It was also a day for two coats and three pairs of gloves! The welders must have been busy!
A few days later and about fifty Curlew were on Newton Marsh with a number of Wigeon and Teal along with the local Shoveler, Moorhen, Coot and other regulars. Three Goosander made an appearance on the local water course, while on a trip to Fairhaven the light inspired into a Sepia image of the local farmland.
We've all heard of March hares, but my first mating pair were on 16 February. I wouldn't like to put too much money on it, but I have a record shot of what looks like a Merlin down on Newton Marsh, while over at Lodge Lane a flock of Whooper Swans with a few Bewicks and about 30 Greylag Geese were found – better images to follow.
The wide open space of Morcambe Bay never ceases to amaze me... and then we were into March and time for another post methinks.
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