My flu symptons kept me at home again today, the coughing and sneezing has stopped, but I'm still getting hot and cold flushes, headaches and the general feeling of being hit by a lorry!
At around 11:00 am, I decided I would wrap up warm, and walk over to the lake, its only 20 mins away, I got there ok, but soon felt bad again, and the walk back seemed to take forever. :-(
I didn't see much, just the MALLARDS and MOORHENS dabbling around, and a large feeding party of Tits high up in an Oak, but i didn't feel like looking through them all.
After my failed foray out into the world of the well, I carried on with my garden watching, earlier in the morning I had had a pleasant surprise, when I found a new species for my garden list - a MOORHEN strutting around my mini -pond, the pond is only 1 meter sq. so it was pleasing to think that a Moorhen had chosen to visit my little wildlife habitat, over the large stripey lawned gardens that lie between the wet woods (where it had probably wandered from) and my house.
This species is the 32nd to come into my garden this year and the 52nd since I moved here 10 years ago.
It was a good day for garden birds, mainly because there wasn't any sparrowhawk attacks, 21 species came to use the feeders and garden, the best being a couple of female SISKIN, as well as three COAL TITS and the two NUTHATCH'S again. JACKDAWS, MAGPIES and STARLINGS busied themselves with the peanuts that I had emptied out of the feeders, I always empty out any that are left after a month.
As well as the 21 garden visitors, another 9 species were seen flying over, or out in the surrounding vacinity, best of which was a KESTREL, but a GREEN WOODPECKER, JAY and two MISTLE THRUSHES were all nice to see.
Above and below is the Moorhen in the garden.