Not much change in the bird life around my patch either, I caught up with one of the PEREGRINES as I walked to work across Migrant Alley, but that was about the highlight for today.
I spent 90 mins around the Wet Woods and Lake area, getting progressively colder, and had to keep on the move to try and stay warm, one good thing about the cold wind, it has sucked up all the wet out of the mud, at least now I dont get muddy and cold :-). I watched a GOLDCREST feeding in the same fir tree as a COAL TIT, over in the lakeside scrub, and another two Goldcrest were seen along the footpath that leads from the woods to the lake, with a further two seen along Ashes lane as I walked home, they have survived the cold winter ok here!
The lake had just 3 CANADA GEESE, 2 MALLARD, 2 MOORHEN and the COOT on it - I wonder what I miss by not being able to visit the lake early on weekday mornings ?
I had a walk over to Migrant Alley, to have a scan of the fields and sky, I thought I might get lucky with a sighting of an early Migrant, but the only Migrants were winter ones, FIELDFARE and REDWING scattered all over the pasture and paddocks, probably around 200 birds in total. I tried to hide from the wind by pressing myself into the tall hedge for shelter, and although it helped a bit, I didn't stay long - just half an hour, and my only reward was a flyover HERRING GULL and two CARRION CROWS.
Is anyone out there finding any signs of spring ?
Above: A fed up CARRION CROW at Migrant Alley
I had an hours ''Light'' left once home, and got a couple of photo's, but it was too dull a day really.
Below: This GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER was forced to feed from the floor, as a superior adversary was alreadyon the feeder.