Thanks to everyone for the well wishes, it seems to have helped shift this 'Man Flu' a bit, although I still felt a little rough today.
After spending nearly two days inside the house, I had to get out this morning, so around 11:00 I wrapped up warm and went for a walk along the lane to the Tree Nursery, its only 200m away so it could do no harm and the fresh air would help me feel better.
Whilst there, 6 PHEASANTS sneaked off into cover, a GREEN WOODPECKER flew out, and a KESTREL hunted over the far side of the field. The cool air felt so reviving, that my walk carried on, across Marchants field, where 14 MAGPIES were gathered, and above me a SPARROWHAWK was being mobbed by a CARRION CROW. I was nearly at the Lake and scrub area, so decided I would go and have a quick check of the water, which proved a most rewarding decision, for dabbling about with a couple of MALLARDS was a drake RED CRESTED POCHARD (131,106,72) a patch tick!!!! Well fortune certainly does favour the brave :-) . However it doesn't favour the lazy, i'd left my camera at home! This meant a 35 minute round trip to get the camera and photograph the new addition to my patch, and although it left me feeling pretty rough again, I think it was worth it :-)
Red Crested Pochard, the 131st bird for my patch, 106th for the year and 72nd for the month :-)
As I walked home to get my camera I had another piece of fortune, this was more expected though, two FIELDFARE (73) flew low over, the first of the Autumn. They were expected to turn up soon, but this is still the second earliest date I have recorded them, their mean arrival date is the 19 Oct.