The sun was back out for this afternoons patch walk, but I only had a 90 min. wander. Some of the songsters were back singing in the wet woods, TREECREEPER, COAL TIT, GOLDCREST, BLACKBIRD and the SISKINS. MISTLE THRUSHES were very active, three different pairs were seen around probable nest sites, and each gave their agitated alarm call as I passed by.
An angler was at one of the lakes, and not even the CANADA GEESE put up with them, so the only thing seen on the water were a few MOORHEN, in the surrounding trees and shrubs CHIFFCHAFF were singing again, and the BULLFINCH'S were also giving their strange ''rusty hinge'' call. I crossed the tree nursery and the only thing there was a chilly breeze that had picked up. Over at migrant alley a half hour sit on the horse jump didn't give up anything exciting, just the local corvids out on the plough, with a few PIED WAGTAILS, flyovers included a Siskin, a YELLOWHAMMER and 2 SKYLARKS. Not much for the start of the weekend! However i'm ever hopeful of finding my first Blackcap of the year this weekend, the mean arrival date for the past 7 years is the 31st March, but I have had them singing as early as the 23rd - so its fingers crossed.
The only photo I took today was of this ROBIN in a blooming blackthorne tree. You can always rely on the Robin when all else fails to show!!