It was a good visit compared to recent days, with a days list of 47 species. Everything turned up that was expected, except a NUTHATCH, but that was seen in my garden later this afternoon, so 48 species was eventually reached.
It was still a bit disappointing not to find some of the ''missing'' species that have graced my patch in previous February's, i'm still lacking the Meadow Pipit, Little Owl, Kingfisher, and Grey Wagtail, all are not uncommon in Feb. Also species such as Snipe, and Reed Bunting may have been found, although they are less common.
So what was about today ? Well, it was nice to see 3 raptor species, the PEREGRINE that flew over Migrant Alley, and over to the Tower, the KESTREL that was back hunting around the Greenhouse Complex, and a SPARROWHAWK hunting thriough the Wet woods. The 'Winter Thrushes' have diminished greatly over this past week, only a small flock of 16 REDWING were seen on the paddocks at Migrant Alley, with just half a dozen FIELDFARE, they seem to be leaving us early this year, the mean last 'recorded date' for Fieldfare is the 30th Mar. and for Redwing it's the 31 of Mar, so there should be the odd few around for another month or so yet.
Over at the Lakes, the COOT remained into it's 6th day, only 4 more days and it will be the longest staying Coot on my patch ever :-) There was also a single CORMORANT fishing on the main lake, that made a nice change from the MOORHEN, MALLARD and CANADA GEESE that are normally there, and indeed were there today.
The usual suspects were found in the Wet Woods and various other bits of habitat, including TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, BULLFINCH, COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, two singing SISKIN, both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS and two different LESSER REDPOLLS - one at the Migrant Alley Alders, and one at the College stream Alders.
Flyovers today included 8 GREYLAG GEESE, BLACK HEADED and HERRING GULL, SKYLARK, and STOCKDOVE.
The last February visit may well be a short affair, as a storm system is moving in, but i'll try anyway :-)
Photo's today come from my garden, it's still too dull really for photo's, but the new camera does a good job.
Above and below: BLUE TITS
Below: GREAT TIT
This DUNNOCK pic was looking good, but the feeders hanger got in the way! It looks like the curl of the hanger is in front of the bird, but its actually behind it.