The weather was much better today, but still with a biting NE wind, the flock of 200 or so REDWING and FIELDFARE were seen again as I walked home from work across Migrant Alley, a small contingent of STARLINGS were also with them.
As usual I walked over to the lake this afternoon, finding the mixed finch flock in the Small Holding along the way, mostly CHAFFINCH'S, and GOLDFINCH'S, with smaller numbers of GREENFINCH'S, they were all chatting and preening, taking time out from my nearby garden feeding station.
The Wet Woods had the usual LONG TAILED TIT flock in it, they will be thinking about pairing up for breeding soon, also in the woods GREAT TITS sang, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS drummed, and a couple of MALLARD dabbled on the pools of water.
On the lake just 2 CANADA GEESE remained, with 4 Mallard and 2 MOORHEN. A search of the surrounding scrub revealed a pair of GOLDCRESTS, and the MARSH TIT, whilst over head a KESTREL was hunting.
On the walk home I checked the Little owl roost, but it wasn't there today, nor has it been all this month yet. Crossing the Tree Nursery, another sign of winters end, when a SPARROWHAWK was displaying over the wet woods, making deep and steep undulations - great to watch.
Nothing new for the month or year list, but a very pleasant walk out today.
Below are a few photo's of the Marsh Tit, the light wasn't that good, but I got lots of shots