Friday, 25 March 2016

Coach Wildlife

Hello all,
Coach trips to and from school, commuting on trains and travelling in cars all offer great opportunities to see a variety of habitats, and, therefore, a range of great species. This is a round up of my coach journey wildlife to and from school in Somerset...

Frequent Buzzards, just metres away, are one of the biggest highlights, with most seen when it was still dark later in winter. They would be worming in even small patches of grass, right next to roads. In the same area, Roe Deer are frequently seen in reed bed and field habitat, and once, on January 12th what I think was a Reeve's Muntjac! Also in January, there were large thrush and finch flocks, with Redwing, Fieldfare, Siskin, Brambling and Linnet all being seen. January also saw decent water birds in the same kind of area, with Cormorants, Coots, Moorhen, Mallard, Grey Heron, Mute Swan and even a Little Grebe on January 20th! Finally, for January, large Starling murmurations were a highlight, with 3000 birds being seen on one occasion. Also, Foxes were seen on 20th and 6th.

A Raven on the 4th was a good start to February, with Pheasants also making frequent appearances. Also, leucistic woodpigeons became a common sight in farmland throughout February and into march.

March has seen Badgers out in daylight, rabbits, yellow-legged gulls, Tufted Duck, the year's first alba pied wag and many birds of prey, including Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine and a Red Kite!

Many of the species I have seen this year have been from my coach journey...
George

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