It was cold and grey this morning, but the wind had died down a bit, making it feel a bit more comfortable.
I still await any activity on the Migrant front, the mean date for the arrival of the Cuckoo has now passed, and by this time last year I had recorded both Lesser and Common Whitethroat, as well as House martin.
Even the the common resident birds were hard to find today, and very little song was heard, only 3 CHIFFCHAFF and two BLACKCAP were braving the wintery feel of the morning, with some courageous attempts at singing.
My 3 hour patch walk was ended after I realised I was 'flogging a dead horse' if I thought I was going to find anything new, the only bright spot in the day was a flyover MEADOW PIPIT - yes it was that poor a day! Only 40 species were noted, a total that was easily being surpassed on any winters day!
The weather forecasters were saying it would brighten up in the afternoon, so in anticipation of that, I had a visit to Migrant alley for a quick circuit of the paddocks and a skywatching session, I managed to pick up PHEASANT and SKYLARK for the day list, found around the fields, and the skywatching produced a flyover CORMORANT and a COMMON BUZZARD, also two KESTRELS were hunting 100m apart from each other, I watched one of them successfully catch a small rodent. These additions only brought the daylist 45, and the promised brightening up never happened, it stayed cold grey and windy, so I gave up for the day, - very frustrating!!!!!!!!
This afternoon I took some garden bird photo's to brighten the blog up. Above is a spanking Male GREENFINCH and Below is a Male GREAT TIT.