Another nice afternoon at Pittswood - not!
A very disappointing day today, it was raining when I left for work ths morning and the only bird that I gave a second glance to was a lone REDWING, on the College sports pitch. The rain eased of during the morning, but, as has been the case most of this week, it was back as I left for home!
Once home I waited for half an hour for the rain to stop, consuming the rest of the bakewell tarts while I did so :-) . The rain eventually eased a bit so I set off out for a walk round the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley. I didn't expect to see much in the conditions, but was hopeful of seeing a Swallow or Sand martin flying over, I didn't, and will have to wait another day for those.
Birds seen were; 2 CANADA GEESE in the empty sheep pasture, a GOLDCREST feeding and singing in a boundary hedgerow, where DUNNOCK, WREN, ROBIN and a few CHAFFINCH'S were also seen. Corvids and WOODPIGEONS were in with the sheep and lambs, along with 22 STARLINGS and that was my lot! Flyovers included LESSER BLACK BACKED, HERRING, and BLACK HEADED GULL, as well as the resident KESTREL, a Sparrowhawk was high in the distance off patch, as was a Peregrine.
Tomorrow looks better weatherwise - if the forecast can be believed, so hopefully i'll have a better post then!
When I left this morning at 06:30, there were two of These GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS on my garden feeders, I also flushed one off when I came home from work, and there was another one at 17:00hrs this afternoon, there always seems to be one stuck to the sunflower feeder!