The very cold frosty, and sometimes snowy weather continues to be a problem over my patch. Very little bird activity is being noted, except at my garden feeders, where plenty of Finch's and Tits continue to feed.
I did get some broken visits to my patch, one was whilst walking home from work, when I was pleased to see my second SNIPE of the month fly over the College grounds. I had another 1 hour visit between snow showers, I walked round the Greenhouse Complex grounds, and through the small copse, but little was seen, apart from a flock of 20 GOLDFINCH'S, a glimpse of a SPARROWHAWK and views of the KESTREL as it tried to find something to eat in the harsh conditions.
Later in the afternoon I met up with a fellow birder over at the Lake area, we set of for the edge of the wet woods and into Marchants field for a spot of Skywatching, which turned out to be quite productive, FIELDFARES were moving through the area, as well as REDWING and the usual WOODPIGEONS and JACKDAWS, but a sighting of another two SNIPE was very welcome - 3 for the day, thats an all time peak count! Another sighting made the trip out in the freezing cold more bearable when the years first GREY LAG GOOSE (56) flew over. As it grew nearer dusk we watched the gathering of the LINNETS as they formed up to go into roost, probably over 100 birds were seen, and the Kestrel was nearby hoping, maybe, to snack on one!
Below are some snowy scenes from around my patch