I was able to get out for a couple of hours this afternoon, the weather had cheered up a bit, and some brief sunny spells were had, but a sharp shower came over at 16:00 to end my visit, it was getting dark anyway :-)
I went over to the lake, and as usual had a look at the small holding area on the way, where GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER wee seen, as well as a small group of at least 4 BULLFINCH, and a flock of mixed CHAFFINCH and GOLDFINCH, around a dozen were on the fallen crab apples. I moved on through the wet woods, but it was quiet here, just a few BLUE TITS and another Great Spotted Woodpecker. Upon reaching the lake I could hear lots of ''quacking'', and not surprising, as there were a minimum of 45 MALLARD on the water, there was also 5 CANADA GEESE, the first this month, 5 MOORHENS, and a CORMORANT, which flew up into a tree, but bird of the day was a lone COOT, a real scarce bird on my patch, although saying that, this is the fourth month this year Ive recorded one, ive been well spoilt!
I stayed around the lake for some time, it is a rare sight to see so much life on the water, but however many times I scanned the mallards, I couldn't make one into a Gadwall, or a Shoveler - they are real rareties!
In the end I left, and walked through the tree nursery, to get to Migrant Alley, and it was the tree nursery that gave me two more new species for the month, a SONGTHRUSH, (That shows how little ive been out this month) and best of all, a SNIPE, a very good bird to have on my patch, about the same rarity status as a Coot! The last Snipe I recorded was back in April.
I only had 20 mins skyscanning at Migrant Alley, but managed to hear the months first SISKIN go over, and a few HERRING GULLS, also a flock of 11 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, a good number for my patch.
So with the five new species today, the months tally hits 50, lets hope the weather holds and I can get out a bit more frequently - it's been a bit stop and start this month!
Above is a ROBIN that was in the tall hedge at Migrant Alley