Blimey! What a difference in the weather today, yesterday I was in a tee shirt, today I had a hat, scarf, fleece and overcoat! The wind had picked up from a northerly quarter and low cloud had drifted in.
The wildlife had responded to the cold conditions by going back to where they had spent the winter! No butterflies were seen, and the TREECREEPER, GOLDCRESTS, and assorted Tits had formed up into a loose flock in the wet woods. Song was much diminished, except from the hardy DUNNOCK, BLACKBIRD, MISTLE THRUSH, and GREAT TITS, but the Siskin that have spent much of the winter in the woods seem to have dispersed. BULLFINCH were again evident, after being being pretty elusive in the last 2 weeks, there ''rusty hinge'' call was heard several times, both in the small holding and the scrubby orchard, adjacent the lake. n the lake there were just the normal characters, 4 CANADA GEESE, 5 MALLARD up to 5 MOORHEN, and a little less normal a pair of CORMORANT.
I passed through the ex-tree nursery, not seeing anything at all really, it will be a while before any bird life returns here, after all the disturbance to the habitat. I only sat on the horse jump at Migrant alley for 20 mins, I just got too cold, the wind whips across those fields something wicked! It was evident that with the cooler temperatures, the insects were very subdued, and in turn, the insectivorus PIED WAGTAILS were down to just 3, so no chance of a migrant Wheatear today! I did walk a couple of circuits of the paddocks and ploughed field though, and the best I came up with was 35 FIELDFARE and 2 REDWING, the latter hasn't been seen since last weekend. Birds of note flying over included 2 GREY HERONS, and 2 Cormorant, but these were in all probability the ones I had seen earlier on the lake. - Oh, and all the Chiffchaffs have stopped chiff-chaffing!
Above - One of the Fieldfare, sitting on the dividing hedge of the ploughed field, and the polytunnel field growing the Raspberries. A cracking looking bird!