What a miserable day ! It didn't get any lighter from 09:00hrs onwards, Oh well, thats what you get in January. I still thought i'd have a look round the wet woods and lake area, but almost as soon as I got out the door it started to rain - that horrible mizzle, that soaks you quicker than proper rain does! Maybe I should have just done a garden feeder watch today, as I had seen the BRAMBLING at the feeders again whilst eating lunch. Anyway, whilst in the woods I was pleased to see 3 TEAL, a duck and two drakes, they were very vocal, rather than flush them out, I sneaked my round to the lake area. A GREY HERON was fishing by the edge, which was ice free now, only the middle of the lake had a thin covering. There were plenty of GOLDCREST about today, within the woods and lakeside bushes, with them were NUTHATCH'S and a couple of TREECREEPERS, BULLFINCH'S seem to be calling from every thick piece of vegetation. COAL TIT, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, and JAY, all made themselves know by there calls, but I couldn't find any new species for the year. The most likely additions being Grey Lag and Canada Goose and maybe a Cormorant.
Tomorrow morning looks very wet, with the rain clearing around mid - morning (well that's what they say!) if so, I think i'll watch the garden for the morning, and head out on my patch later, well have to wait and see.