Saturday, 2 February 2013

January on the Moors by Pete

After an interesting January our total species count for the month was 47. Considering the weather conditions meant that large sections of the moors were flooded or snow covered, thus limiting where we were able to walk I’m pleased with the count so far. In fact it’s such a varied and large area I doubt if I’ve been able cover more than 30% of it in detail yet. Clearly you can scan large areas from a vantage point; but the many hedgerows are thankfully old, dense and well above head height. Meaning you cannot check adjoining fields by looking over them when flooding prevents access via the footpaths. Large sections of the wooded sections still have flooded footpaths but hopefully will soon dry out enough to use.

You may have noticed that there are very little if any references to bird calls/song; this is due to the fact that both Sean and I agreed that we would only include clear sightings of species. It’s very important to us both that everyone following these reports accepts that these are all genuine ticks; birds that are not clearly identified are not recorded. Where a similar species may cause confusion we will only record them when we are completely happy with the species I.D.

The woodland feeder

A Kestrel warming itself on a cold morning.
January Species:

Chaffinch/ Robin/Wood Pigeon/ Rook /Magpie /Blackbird/Kestrel/ Mute Swan /Great Tit /Blue Tit/ Jay/ Greater Spotted Woodpecker/Redwing/Fieldfare/Sparrowhawk / Reed Bunting/ Goldfinch /Buzzard /Dunnock /Wren/Heron/Green Woodpecker/ Long-Tailed Tit /Goldcrest/ Black-headed Gull /Yellowhammer/Bullfinch/Cormorant/Herring Gull /Lapwing /Carrion Crow/ Moorhen/Canada Goose /Mallard /Song Thrush /Shelduck/ Mistle Thrush/ House Sparrow/ Treecreeper/ Barn Owl /Goosander / Starling/ Skylark/Meadow Pipit/ Willow Tit /Coal Tit/ Pheasant .

The January Notes

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