Well, with this strong NW wind and heavy, blustery showers, sightings of interest were at a premium today. This mornings walk to work produced a lone REDWING feeding in the college grounds, one of the last i'll record i'm sure, and the walk home again was only enlivened by a KESTREL, hunting around the greenhouse complex.
Just before leaving for my afternoon walk, a quick glance at the garden feeders revealed a nice male SISKIN. A heavy shower went through whilst I was out, and the wind, which was already strong, became even stronger, blasting the rain at me, and I nearly gave up and turned for home, but the rain ceased quite quickly, as it does with showers,and a little sunshine was had after. With all this weather going on, birds were hard to find, and as for any new migrants forget it! The only birds of note were, a pair of TREECREEPERS in the smallholding, chasing one another around the trunk of a Blackthorn tree, a GREY HERON, a CORMORANT and four pairs of LONG TAILED TITS at the lake and associated scrub. At Migrant Alley, an hours sitting (and getting wind blasted !) only produced 2 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, and one singing skylark!
Once home, I sat at the window and watched the feeders for a while, maybe I should have stayed in and done this from the off, as I saw 2 BRAMBLING in my elder tree, I almost got a photo, but next doors noisy yapping dog started up and frightened everything off! Also of note in the garden was - GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, COAL TIT, 2 NUTHATCH and a jay. 21 species have been using the feeders this week, March is generally a good month for the garden.
No pics today, the weather was just too rubbish, and looking ahead it's going to get worse!