Saturday, 2 February 2008

Park Hall Country Park and Alton area

AM at Park Hall Country Park, Weston Coyney, Stoke-on-Trent:

3 Long-Eared Owls
36 Golden Plover
40 Fieldfare
5 Redwing
3 Yellowhammer
Bullfinch, Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit

I don't know why its taken me so long to catch up with the Long-Eared Owls at Park Hall, just one of those things. But finally I managed to catch up with three roosting birds today, a marvellous sight. Some scenes of Park Hall:

Hulme Quarry. The Golden Plover and thrushes were in a farmer's field to the west of here.

After some celebratory sandwiches, the afternoon was spent birding in the Alton area. First to Brookleys Lake.

Complete with JCB's test track, although no diggers driving round here on a saturday afternoon. There were a pair of Mandarin here, although there have been nine in recent months. I have found Goosander here not long ago, but not today.

I then moved onto the Dimmingsdale car park at the Ramblers Retreat. I didn't walk along Dimmingsdale today, although that comes into it's own in the spring. There is a track, old railway line actually, that heads towards Oakamoor. Along here there are some feeders that is a reliable spot for Marsh Tit.

One Marsh Tit did the right thing and showed itself here. Plus Blue, Great, Coal and Long-Tailed Tits, Nuthatch, Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird. Great Spotted Woodpeckers were drumming away, which means spring isn't that far away. But how far away exactly?

Of course, 2nd February is Groundhog Day. Phil will tell us how much winter we have left!

Looks like Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, so six more weeks of winter to go. Does it count for us in the UK?

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