below : Bullfinch
A more different day from yesterday could not be had. After a slight frost, the day dawned bright and sunny, and stayed that way all day.
This afternoons walk was a sheer joy, the sun shone and the temperature rose to 9C, alot of the common birds were in full song, GREAT and BLUE TITS, ROBINS, CHAFFINCH, SONGTHRUSH, DUNNOCK and even a BLACKBIRD. Those that weren't singing were calling vigorously, making for a great sound as I walked over to the lake area. Whilst checking the water, and finding 6 CANADA GEESE, 8 MALLARDS and 4 MOORHEN, I could hear a NUTHATCH calling and a MISTLE THRUSH singing. The MARSH TIT was located in the adjacent scrub, along with COAL TIT and TREECREEPER, however the sight of a SPARROWHAWK gliding slowly over soon had the place in silence!
I wandered off across to Migrant Alley as well today, and sat in the sunshine on my favoured horse jump, whilst lapping up the warmth of the sun, I saw another Sparrowhawk fly over, being chased by a BLACK HEADED GULL that was squealing like a little girl in a playground, it seemed to move the hawk on pretty promptly though! Also seen was the KESTREL that hunts around the Greenhouse complex, the first sighting here since the 8th. Walking back, I checked the alder trees and large Blackthorn bush that are in the greenhouse grounds, a pair of SISKINS were in the Alders, and five BULLFINCH in the Blackthorn.
Nothing much of note today, but it was good to get out in some decent weather, I'm off work for the rest of the week, so some intense patch watching will be had, lets hope this weather holds!