Looking like another nice day I thought I would venture out again into the not so white world to see if I could add any more species to the months total, so with boots, and grippers on, and Glen in my pocket off I went.I followed the same route as Saturday, except I didn't go onto Halling Common, I only went as far as the first stile, and scanned a little bit of Halling Common from there. Most of the species seen was the more commoner species seen in this area , including the winter Thrushes as seen the day before on the same walk.The first new species I added to the list was aone of two male Pheasant walking up the railway line by Halling Cemetery. In the 1st picture below in the view up the line there is a small black dot between the 1st and 2nd rail from the right, that is one of the 2 Pheasants. I did try for a close shot, but not very successful.
Once again when I got to the river at the bottom of Ferry Rd the tide was high, in fact it was probably at it's highest. I started to scan the river and the first unusual sight that amused me was watching a large tree branch floating about with 10 Redshank's resting up on it.Unfortunately it was too far away for a photo.
After scanning the river and banks hoping for something different a flock of Gulls came into view and landed on the water, so I thought I would try my hand at firing off some shots of flying Gulls even though they wasn't that close.
I then decided to move on as nothing diferent was going to show itself. I got to the opposite end to where I was to check out the area I couldn't see. There was usual Lapwings, and Redshanks here and there, then on the left bank along from me was my second new bird for the month, and that was a Snipe. It was keeping itself hidden in the long grass, then a short distance from that coming towards me was one of two Common Sandpipers seen today.
Moving on a bit, I made my next stop at the stile to see what might be about and that is where I added the third months species, it was a Jay flying over the Common footpath.
|Halling Common Footpath where the Jay was seen.|
That brings my December Halling total to 44.
P.S. Once I got home I went into the kitchen to put the kettle on when I was some Gull's actually walking about in the garden hoovering up some of the scraps that I put out that same day. That is the first time I have actually had Gulls in the garden feeding, there was 2 Common Gulls, and 3 B/H/Gulls.