Sunday, 22 November 2015

Return to Langley Vale Farm


It was a novelty to be treading on soft mud and looking up into trees after a few weeks on the shingle. I returned to Langley Vale Farm this morning mainly to undertake a bird survey, although I was heartened to see some of the field edges had been 'ploughed' (above). Whether this has been done for the benefit of the 'arable weeds' I do not know.

Today's big news (on a local level) was the presence of a Marsh Tit in Little Hurst Wood, one of several small woods to be found on the farm. I watched (and heard) it for maybe ten minutes and can honestly say that I derived as much pleasure from this bird as I did from kicking up a Dusky Warbler on the beach at Dungeness last month.

Other highlights included 150+ Fieldfare, 50+ Redwing, 3 Little Owl, 20+ Skylark, 5 Pheasant, 2 Sparrowhawk and 2 Common Buzzard. I have come across good flocks of finches here in previous winters, so hope that regular observation will pay off.

5 comments:

  1. Ah, nothing like your local patch, good to see you back.

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    1. Thanks Derek, we need to cherish what we have on our doorstep!

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  2. I'm just such a rubbish birdwatcher compared to the experts

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    1. Simon! There is no such thing as a rubbish birdwatcher. You can attain experience through time spent out in the field, and even then ability is a much overrated aspect. If you enjoy your birding, regardless of anything else, then you are a winner!

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  3. Couldn't agree more Steve, many of those so-called "experts" wouldn't have a clue in the countryside without a pager telling them where a bird was and a sat-nav telling them how to get there. Learning about common birds and their habitat is just as important as twitching your way around..

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