The first Gulls of the month were seen this morning as I walked to work across Migrant Alley, the first, surprisingly, was a COMMON GULL (49), then followed by 13 BLACK HEADED GULLS (50). A GOLDCREST was seen well in the college grounds, and I stopped to listen to its song - almost made me late for work!
This afternoon I spent around 90 minutes, meandering my way around the Wet Woods, and Lake area, but it was very quiet despite the bright sunny conditions. I was however, happy to find the COOT on the lake for its twelth day now, I don't know where it was hiding yesterday! Also on the lake were 5 MALLARD, 5 MOORHEN, and 6 CANADA GEESE, a little later a CORMORANT dropped in.
Species in the Wet Woods and lakeside scrub, included most of the expected; TREECREEPER, COAL TIT, NUTHATCH, Goldcrest, LONG TAILED TIT and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS. A few small groups of REDWING have taken to feeding on the woodland floor, forsaking the fields and paddocks, always something they do a few weeks before leaving my patch.
My walk ended the way the day started really, - with another Gull species for the months list, two HERRING GULLS (51) flew over lazily, heading west.
Tomorrow i'll be out early for the first full patch walk of March, and who knows maybe i'll find an early summer visitor, which would most likely be a Chiffchaff. Checking my records, the average first arrival date for Chiffchaff on my patch is the 16th march, with the earliest on the 11th, so it will probably be next weekend that they will turn up - fingers crossed!
Despite the nice light today, I didn't get any birds posing for the camera out in the woods. So took a few common garden bird photo's in the fading eening sunshine.