A four hour walk of my patch produced 42 species, of which the highlight was finding the first LESSER REDPOLL (58) of the month, it was found feeding with half a dozen GOLDFINCH that were in the line of Alder trees that forms the boundary between Migrant Alley and the Greenhouse Complex. It was also good to see a couple of SKYLARKS at Migrant Alley, the first seen since 13th.
Over at the lake I found it to be 3 quarters frozen over, but on the remaining patch of water 10 CANADA and 7 GREYLAG GEESE were seen, as well as just 4 MALLARD and two MOORHEN. All the usual suspects were found in the scrub and Wet Woods, COAL TIT, NUTHATCH, LONG TAILED TIT, GOLCREST but not the Treecreeper!
3 Raptor species were seen, the first was an early sighting of a SPARROWHAWK flying low and fast over the Tree Nursery, but the other two were seen later in the day as I was scanning the sky from my bedroom window, the KESTREL, over the Greenhouses, and the other was a new species for the month a COMMON BUZZARD (59) which was being mobbed by 15 ROOKS!
The two afternoon additions brought the daylist to 44, a respectable tally for a February day,.
The sunny frosty conditions were ideal to try out my new camera, and I took quite a few photo's
Below: Is an attempt to capture the Lesser Redpoll but it was never in full view.
Below: One of the hundreds of FIELDFARE that were on every open field, along with their allies the REDWINGS
The next two photo's are of BULFINCH'S, they were seen in their usual habitat around the Greenhouse Complex