After mid-point break, for a drink and snack, I headed up ashes lane to the wild bird crop, at least 10 Reed Buntings were flitting from the crop to the hedgerow, one male looked particularly striking in his spring plumage, along with them were a dozen YELLOWHAMMER. Off to the wet woods via the small holding, and little was added to the day's list, apart from the LITTLE OWL, which was in it's usual old apple tree, and a few SISKIN in the Alder tree's in the woods. The last piece of habitat visited was the lake, which was frustratingly frozen again! Just 6 MALLARD were seen, and one of the MARSH TITS was taking sunflowere seeds from the garden nearby, I could see it had no ring on, and thus it was most likely the bird that had hit the window of the house earlier in the week, it looked good and healthy! The last bird on todays list of 46 species was a MEADOW PIPIT which flew over the lake as I left.
Below is a pic of the Little Owl. can you see it ? The next pic. shows it a bit closer.
Below is one of the Redwings on the frosted sports pitch
A fox meanders across a field full of winter thrushes below
And yet more Redwing, Fieldfare at the sports pitch
The yellow monsters below have just torn down a small wood on the edge of my patch for some housing. This is the kind of habitat that our wildlife is losing rapidly, it's a much more important piece of habitat for wildlife than a 'green field' , but it doesn't get any sympathy because it doesn't look very pretty, all those nasty sharp brambles and pointy thornes. More idiots!! It will all come back to bite our arses!