At last some fine and settled weather for my afternoon stroll over to the lake area. The upturn in the weather hasn't meant an upturn in the birds though, it's still pretty quiet really. A flock of around 20 GOLDFINCH and CHAFFINCH were the biggest concentration of passerines, they were feeding on the almost disintegrated remains of some fallen crab apples at the small holding. Again GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were seen between the wet woods and the lake, as was a small party of GREAT TITS with a NUTHATCH tagging along with them.
Just 8 MALLARDS and 5 MOORHENS were found on the lake, but much scanning for something different only produced the first GREY HERON of the month, its head was just showing above a small patch of bullrush. A pair of GOLDCREST fed in a pine tree nearby, a COAL TIT and 3 BULLFINCH were in the scrubby area also a group of 10ish SISKIN were feeding in an Alder tree.
I used the last light of the day to walk the tall hedge at migrant alley, It only held BLACKBIRDS and DUNNOCKS, not the Yellowhammer or Reed Bunting that I was hoping for, 10 SKYLARKS were seen as they dropped down onto the new seeded sheep pasture, the KESTREL once again hunted over the Greenhouses, and 3 BLACK HEADED GULLS fed out on the paddocks. I watched at least 18 PIED WAGTAILS fly to roost at the Greenhouses, but that was it, I ran out of light!
Oh ! I nearly forgot, just to give Dean ( of Mostly Macro) a mention, he is starting a new blog at www.deansdailydiary.blogspot.com give it a try !
Above: Siskin. Below Nuthatch