|Fantastic views of Whinchat - NOT! As un co-operative as they could possibly be.|
|Here's one that I took earlier - 2012 in fact!|
Cracking little birds.
|Juvvy Red-backed Shrike - this one photographed in Asparan (Turkey)|
I've two patch records of this species, one an autumn juvenile, the other is
a spring adult male
Of course there are a great many more prolific UK "local patches" than Newland's; there are quite a few within Thanet, but that's not what it's about for me. My pleasure is derived because it is such an ordinary farm, doing its' bit to provide food for the nation, employment for the workforce and profit for the owners. I suppose it does help that I live on site, Vine Close sits along the eastern boundary, and have to walk across the fields on my way to, and from, work - which is beyond the western boundary; Pyson's Road. In line with all other patch watchers, sightings can take on a whole new dimension when placed in such an intimate and local context. I've seen more Red-backed Shrikes and Long-eared Owls (two of each) than Coal Tits (only one in 15 years!) It is this crazy ability to produce adrenaline rushes from the most ordinary of species which keeps me enthused, for ever hopeful of new discoveries.
|If I didn't have such tight definitions, of my patch boundaries, Pied Flycatchers would be an annual |
occurrence and the thrill of my garden discovery lessened because of this?
|I found both of these Great Grey Shrikes - the top image being the individual I discovered on my|
walk home from work - a patch tick!
The other bird was digi-scoped along the railway embankment at Reculver - means jack shit by comparison!
|This is what the maize field looked like in 2014 - potato stubble and home to the first successful breeding|
Yellow Wagtails in five years
|Not a particularly fair comparison shot? Two extremely different images due to the choice of lens!|
The autumn 2015 view along our garden hedgerow.
|How much longer before I manage to add Wryneck to my "patch list"?|