Today started with another hard frost, but the clear blue skies that are the payoff for such conditions soon became overcast, and a cold wind set in making for a disappointingly cold day for March.
A 90 minute walk around the Wet Woods and lake area was hard work in the cold wind, and nothing much was seen to get the blood going a bit faster. All the small woodland passerines were concentrated in the large wooded garden that lies just off the footpath that runs from the woods to the lake. Just about everything was seen here, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, 2 of 4 GOLDCRESTS seen today, and another sighting of both the MARSH TITS.
At the lake area, it was back to CANADA GEESE, MALLARD and MOORHEN, plus the COOT of course :-). A SPARROWHAWK was seen flying low and slow overhead, sending all the Tit species into thier panic call, but it went over without attacking. BULLFINCH'S were very showy today a group of 5 were feeding in the scrub, but as with all the other birds that I had seen - and some were pretty close - I failed to get a photo of any of them.
FIELDFARE and REDWING continue to be seen in good numbers in both the Woods and in the fields and paddocks, but it's the spring Migrants i'm waiting for, it seems the weather is going to delay them this year, as it has for the last 2 years, this cold North easterly wind we're getting looks to be set in for a bit.
On my return home I noticed a blue tit flying weakly in the garden, I manged to capture it, and found it to be missing an eye, with the other eye not looking very good. I took it in and warmed it up, but there was nothing I could do for it. The bird had been ringed, probably by my mate up the road, so I read the number and sent it off to him, i'll tell you its details when I get them. I thought about putting it out of its misery, but decided not to, so after it had warmed up in the house, I released it back into the garden, it flew stronger, straight to the feeders and started eating. However I don't think it has much chance out there :-(
I took this photo of a Blue Tit earlier, whilst in the woods, could you hit something this cute over the head?