The early sun disappeared around noon, so it was back to the cold and dull conditions for this afternoons patch walk, although a few bright spells did show up from time to time.
Some of the 'missing' species that were not seen yesterday showed themselves today, COAL TIT, was one of them, a pair chased around the lakeside scrub, where NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER and LONG TAILED TIT were also seen, the latter are now being seen in pairs rather than the large flocks, a sign that they are getting ready for spring nesting.
On the Lake, 3 MALLARDS dabbled, and 2 MOORHENS skulked along the bank, also 13 CANADA GEESE had arrived, a peak count for the year. A PIED WAGTAIL that flew over the lake was a species missed yesterday.
The Wet Woods had nothing much going on apart from GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, and the Small Holding had its flock of finches, with a mix of BLUE and GREAT TITS. All in all still very quiet!
I'm still 12 species behind last February, and unless something dramatic happens around my patch, I cant see me adding much else. I have got Thur and Fri off work this week, so some serious time will be put in to remedy that!
I borrowed a mates Camera today, (thanks Dave) It's a canon 50D with a 70-300 IS zoom lens, if I get on with it ok this week i'll buy the same set up on friday. Below is the only photo that was any good, a new camera takes some getting used to, after having the same one round my neck for over two years, it was like a third appendage - or fourth even, my bins are the third!
One of the 13 Canada geese on the lake today.