After work today I had a 90 minute stroll around the wet woods, and Lake area, then cut across marchants field, and through the tree nursery and back home.
A lot of the snow has still not thawed, and its a very slow process with temperatures only getting to 2-3C today, what snow is left has turned to crunchy ice, and each footstep sounds like i'm walking through a bowl of cornflakes, everything can hear me coming a mile away, but I can't hear them!
I kept stopping and listening whilst walking through the Wet woods, and after three stops I finally heard two birds, one was a WOODPIGEON flapping it's wings as it was feeding on some ivy, the other was the high pitched trembling call of a TREECREEPER, the woods really were lifeless.
As I neared the lake, things only picked up marginally, I found a COAL TIT and a GOLDCREST in close proximity to each other in a fir tree (where else!) The latter species wasn't recorded at all over the weekend. I scanned a large Ash tree, seeing that it was full of seed keys, I thought maybe something good would be feeding in it, a Hawfinch would of been nice, but instead I found 2 Male and two Female BULLFINCH'S, the males really do brighten up a dull day.
The lake shows only slight signs of thawing, nothing there today, so I made my way back home, I watched the sky as I crossed Marchants field and the Tree Nursery, but all that was seen were Woodpigeons. It really was a bleak patch today, the sky was leaden and misty a day to be forgotten !
Below is a photo of the wet woods, with Marchants field in the foreground, bleak and lifeless.
Below is the view turning 180 dgrees, across marchants field, and the Tree nursery with the caravan in it, more bleakness.