4th February 2007

Today was my first walk around the estate in some time. I have visited to check one or two areas but not done the full circuit. I parked in the new car park and walked clockwise through Cuckoo's Nest Wood, past Coppice Pond, past Lady Blantyre's etc.....

Cuckoo's Nest Wood - a least two Great Spotted Woodpeckers were drumming. I saw a pair together on a dead tree limb. Sadly the storms we had have blown a couple of trees down, one of which has totalled one of the nest boxes off another tree! nuthatches were in good voice as were the Song Thrushes who were really belting out their songs. Jays were not so shy today.

Coppice Pond - At least 38 Canada Geese were on the pond, more than recent weeks.

Ewe Hills - A large flock of Redwing were singing among themselves as they do on the warmer winter days.

Blind Lane - more Redwings in the fields. A small flock of Redpoll were joined by Siskins nearer Kettlewell Res.

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