AFTERNOON WALK INTO YEO VALLEY
WEATHER; grey and overcast all morning, then bright sunny spell later. No wind but quite cold Temp 3-4C
I have extended my morning exercise walk to take in parts of Barwick Village, this new route now takes 30 minutes and is just under 2 miles long. I am now more or less guaranteed to see Collared Dove, Starling, House Sparrow and many common garden birds during the walk. The route passes Barwick House but you cannot see the lake from the lane I use.
My birding walk began at 2pm and I walked into the Yeo Valley, generally it is quiet at this time of day and today was no exception. I saw a couple of Siskin flocks but they never landed near me. The best sightings I had was of Treecreeper, a pair of them worked the trees near me and I managed a couple of pictures.
some of you may remember this nest hole which was made last year by a pair of Green Woodpeckers and later taken over by a pair of Nuthatches, I walked underneath it today and wondered what might happen this year. Watch this space.
the footbridge over the stream right underneath the Nuthatch nest hole.
I reached the River Yeo and spent some time standing at the confluence of the river and the stream, both were flowing quite strongly, the water levels were high. I watched a pair of Blue Tits, the male was singing, so I took his picture too. I also heard both Song & Mistle Thrushes singing from the woodland along the river but I didn’t see either of them.
Other sightings included L BB Gull, Herring Gull, Cormorant, Red-legged Partridge and the usual Jackdaws, Rooks, Crows, Wood Pigeons and my first Stock Dove of the month, that was number 50 for February.
This evening Dawn drove me into Yeovil and I had my first Covid vaccine injection. Just outside the building a Blackbird was singing, this was my first of the year.