Thursday, 3 November 2016

Pleasant Day, Pleasant Wander.

A pleasant day and a pleasant wander on Tuesday for a couple of hours of 'freedom to roam' in the afternoon, and yes please, we'll have another of those excellent chat photographs in the post to celebrate finding a smart male Stonechat as I walked along the embankment at Aldcliffe Marsh....brilliant bird, brilliant photograph, thanks Ana.

Freeman's Pools held an impressive up to 200 Wigeon and a Little Grebe to note. The circuit produced no other surprises and the flood was deserted, but 5 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 2 Wren, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, and Chaffinch were all noted. Sixteen Greylag came down into a field, I saw only my second single Redwing, a Snipe and a Little Grebe were on the Wildfowlers Pool.

Common Darter 1 November. Pete Woodruff.

This Common Darter was on a fence at Freeman's Pools, one of the last dragonflies to be encountered in autumn, flying into November as this one was.

As I was leaving Aldcliffe at 4.40pm, three sources of energy were on display on the skyline....I know which one I prefer. 


Richard Pegler said...

Hi Pete. If I'm reading you right, your three forms of energy are wind, coal/nuclear, and solar. Until a couple of years ago I'd have stated a preference for 'solar', although I've never gone for panels on our roof. However, in these parts, solar farms are the scourge of the countryside. Farmland and grasslands are disappearing under acres and acres of solar panels at an alarming rate. Two of my local birding sites have been disrupted by this in the past 12 months, and another has just been completed only half a mile from my home. I opposed a local wind turbine a few years ago on the basis that it was a danger to over-wintering Short-eared Owls, but I'm beginning to think that might be just as acceptable as a land covered in solar panels. What is going to compensate for the lack of warming sun reaching the earth underneath, or giving life to the vegetation?

Best wishes - - - Richard

Beatriz said...

How wonderful blog and pictures!!!
I love birds in its habitat, but I just can see them on weekends when I go out of town...

Nice to be here <º(((<


Noushka said...

Lovely snipe on your banner!!
I agree with Richard, these new eco-energies are not the ideal answer if it comes to reducing the wildlife habitat... But what is the ideal way??
Oups, where is the snipe??? You've just changed it for my friend Antonio's firecrest! LOL!
Enjoy your weekend Pete :)

Pete Woodruff said...

Richard/Bia/Noushka....Thank you for the comments, I read them with interest and appreciate them very much.