Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Back to work.

Well, back to work today. Up at 3am and the weather was dreadful, with a gale blowing and rain lashing down I knew I wasn't going to see much. As it got lighter, the weather got worse, the heavens opened and it was all I could do to see the road.
However, the afternoon proved to be much better weather wise with blue skies and sunshine and with it came the roadside wildlife.

15  Canadian Goose Branta canadensis SP692954 03/01/2012
16   Carrion Crow Corvus corone corone SP977728 03/01/2012
17 Pheasant Phasianus colchius SP992739 03/01/2012
18 Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus TL167719 03/01/2012
19 Buzzard Buteo buteo TL181718 03/01/2012
20 Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo TM125509 03/01/2012

As you can now see from the above list, I've started recording grid references (the proper way of doing it).  I've been playing with my iPhone (personal Xmas gift to me!!!) and found that with the 'Outdoors Great Britain' app and voice recorder I can just rattle off what I see into my handsfree as I trundle down the road.
Don't panic, I'm paying attention to the road at all times, what I see is either flying above me or (as in the case of the Sparrowhawk) directly across my path just missing me by inches, thankfully. Some of the other things like the Squirrel, might be running alongside the road or standing in a nearby field. Unfortunately, I could've really upped my list today as in the roadside trees and in the fields I saw what I thought might be Fieldfares or Red Wings, Jays or Waxwings and many other things that I thought might be a certain species but couldn't be sure without an oggle through the binoculars (Not a good thing to do whilst driving).
But hey, today I should be on 9 species and I'm on 20 instead. Woohoo!!!

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