Having been struck down with another virus, I didn't get out at all today. All I managed was a few hours watchng the garden feeders, which at times were very busy. A flock of 30-40 mixed finch's came and went, mostly GOLDFINCH, a max. of 18 were on the sunflower hearts, and there was a peak of 9 CHAFFINCH and 11 GREENFINCH.
Many Tits were using the feeders, and although the most I counted at one time was 13 BLUE TITS, 7 GREAT TITS and 2 COAL TITS, I know that many more actually visited during the day. Only a peak of 4 HOUSE SPARROWS was recorded, the same as DUNNOCK, it seems the House Sparrow is still unwilling to use the feeders, presumably still warey of the Sparrowhawk, which was nowhere to be seen, and hasn't been for the past week.
3 STARLNGS fed on the recently purchased fat blocks, and 6 BLACKBIRDS fed on fallen scraps from the feeders, as did a peak of 5 COLLARED DOVES, while 2 ROBINS chased each other around the shrubs.
Other less common visitors, were two NUTHATCH, 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, 3 WOODPIGEON, 2 MAGPIES, 3 JACKDAWS, and a WREN.
I kept my eye on the sky, and out over the wet woods and greenhouse complex from my upstairs windows, and added 2 new species for the Dec. list, nothing exciting just HERRING GULL and REDWING, bringing the months list to just 42, still 31 behind the huge december total of last year. Other species seen were FIELDFARE, CARRION CROW, ROOK, MALLARD and GREENWOODPECKER.
Not a very satisfactory day for me ! I just hope this virus Ive contracted doesn't hang around too long, but the way i'm coughing, and with the fuzzy headaches i'm getting, it doesn't look to good for the weekend. :-(