Another cold day, and the cold was amplified by the strong northerly wind, but again, out of the wind and in the sunshine it felt much more springlike.
It was over to the lake again, something will turn up there one day - just not today, apart from the resident MALLARDS and MOORHENS! There was quite a bit of activity in the Small Holding area, GOLDFINCH, GREENFINCH, CHAFFINCH, and BULLFINCH were all seen in a mixed flock, two each of both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were amongst the pear trees, and on the ground a small number of REDWING and FIELDFARE were feeding, BLUE and GREAT TITS were numerous about the hedge boundaries.
Whilst over at the lake, I found just a single GOLDCREST, 2 COAL TITS and a party of LONG TAILED TITS. However my excitement for the day was as I walked the footpath from the lake back to the woods. As I stood out of the wind in some warm sunshine, I could here a few JACKDAWS coming over, I looked round to see they were mobbing a raptor, but they were coming from out of the sun and viewing was difficult. The Raptor looked barely bigger than the Jackdaws, but bigger than Kestrel and Sparrowhawk, and smaller than a Buzzard, and anyway it flew like a Kite - which it i'm sure it wasn't. So all I can presume it was is a Harrier, Hen or Marsh, it looked more like a Female Hen Harrier to me. Alas I cant be sure with the view I got, I didn't see a white rump, as the bird was always silhouetted. I realised it was going to disappear behind the large house so I clicked of a few photo's, (below) but they are so poor they don't do much to ID it. Looks it's one that got away....grrrrrr... unless anyone out there can be conviced of its ID ?
Below is the small red flower of the Hazel, I never use to even know these existed until I read Greenies Blog (cheers Greenie)