After work this afternoon I made my usual visit to the lake area, checking out the Small Holding and Wet woods on the way. To say it was quiet would be a vast understatement! The only birds showing were a group of finch's and Tits seen in the Small Holding, and these were birds flushed from my garden feeders by the SPARROWHAWK!
Not a sound was heard in the Wet Woods, and the footpath leading to the lakes had just a few BLUE and GREAT TITS about, the lakes themselves were devoid of birds apart from 2 pairs of MALLARD and a pair of MOORHENS, the whole area must have been disturbed earlier on. I didn't waste time here, the light was already going, and so walked on over to the Tree Nursery, but it was just as quiet here, only 3 MEADOW PIPITS of note.
In a last attempt to find something of interest for the day I went over to the Greenhouse Complex Grounds and the hedgerow dividing it from Migrant Alley, here at least there were a few birds, mainly DUNNOCK, ROBIN, BLACKBIRDS with a WREN, but also a small group of 7 GOLDFINCH'S, I also heard the CHIFFCHAFF call, in exactly the same place as I saw it on the 19th, but I couldn't see it.
Below is a CHAFFINCH that was seen in the small holding
Below is a nice bit of Waxwing grub! Now the poly tunnels have been drawn back the fruit is exposed. There are 30 rows of raspberries each 100m long - thats 3km of ripe red raspberries, surely if a Waxwing is to visit my patch it will be here !!!! Dont tell me, they dont eat raspberries :-)