Another 'lost' day as far as visiting my patch today, as I am still suffering from this bug, so it was a day of garden watching again, which is unlikely to bring me a new species for the month.............or is it ?
During the morning nothing different from yesterday visited the feeders, but there was an increase in COLLARED DOVES, 17 now fought over the sunflower hearts. Again 3 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS all visited at the same time, at one point having a 3 way scrap as they all met in my Elder tree.
Early this afternoon, the COAL TITS, NUTHATCH'S and JACKDAWS arrived, as well as the MARSH TIT, which hasn't been in for a few days, however, the undoubted highlight for the day, was seeing a fabulous FIRECREST (109, 66) picking off insects from my now leafless Honeysuckle, what a superb bird to have visiting my garden! I did have one visit back in October 2006, and thought it to be a one off never to be repeated event, by how wrong I was - fortunately.
So not only did I get a new species for the months list, but also for the year list! This now stands at 109, the joint best ever with last year. The months list is now just one off the best November total of 66 achieved back in 2008. As soon as I can get rid of this virus the better - I need to get out there again.
Below are a couple of very poor photo's of the fantastic garden Firecrest, I had to take them through the double glazing :-)