On the way, 3 GREEN WOODPECKERS were seen in the Small Holding, and a couple of female PHEASANTS were also seen there. The 'Not so' Wet Woods was home to a party of LONG TAILED TITS, with BLUE and GREAT TITS amongst them, I also heard MARSH TIT, COAL TIT and TREECREEPER calling as I passed.
I reached the lake and could hear a couple of NUTHATCH'S calling, but I was eager to scan the water for that elusive 78th species, I checked the main lake, then the ornamental lake then the small lake, peering into all the dark spaces created by the overhanging branches, but alas, no 78th species, I hung around for an hour in the hope of something dropping in, but I was clutching at straws really :-) I did get to see a pair of BULLFINCH'S, and another party of Long Tailed Tits as i waited in vain though.
The 78th species may come, if at all, in the form of a flyover, maybe a Little Egret, or a Marsh Harrier or Red Kite, now i'm getting carried away ! So it was with renewed optimism that I set out for the Tree Nursery and Migrant Alley, for a skywatch at both those points. I saw BLACK HEADED and HERRING GULLS, a few single SKYLARKS, 2 MEADOW PIPITS, 2 flocks of 30+ FIELDFARE, two flocks of 15+ CHAFFINCH, numerous WOODPIGEON, ROOKS, and JACKDAWS but nothing to add for the months list. As I was leaving for home, this SPARROWHAWK flew over, I swear it was winking at me !
I took a couple of photo's of the garden birds when I got home, just to brighten the page up a bit :-)