Not quite so spring-like today, it was cooler with a biting easterly wind, but some sunny spells were had.
This afternoon I spent 2 hours walking the wet woods, small holding and lake area, picking up all the woodland specialists as I wandered through. NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, TREECREEPER, LONG TAILED TIT and GOLDCREST were all showing signs of courtship, but the sighting of not one, but two MARSH TITS (46) was a surprise. Normally this species over winters on my patch, in just singles, or in last years case a pair, but this winter the single bird has been joined late on by another, they chased about and some song was heard from the presumed male, a song i'm not familiar with, but I know it know! I wonder if they will possible stay to breed, it would be a patch first for this species if they did.
There was a surprise waiting for me on the lake today as well, a BARNACLE GOOSE (70, 47) Obviously a feral bird, and probably the same bird I encountered here last year, but i'm counting it, the year list moves on! Another nice sighting was of the COOT, yes, it has now stayed for ten days, making it the longest staying Coot ever on my patch ( I must remember to take down a crust of bread for it!) After walking around the scrub, trying, and failing, to get a photo of a BULLFINCH, I returned to the lake to find a CORMORANT fishing there, quite busy on the water today, what a difference when the Chainsaws aren't disturbing the place!
Only 30 more species to find for the ''100'' mark, easier said than done though!
I got some decent Treecreeper photo's today, here's the best three.