I started to feel a bit better this morning, and after a leisurely 'Greenie' style breakfast I went out for 45 mins, more to get some fresh air than anything, - I havn't been out since sat. morning!
Whilst having breakfast I looked over the garden, and I once again had brief but good views of the FIRECREST, as well as at least 14 BLUE TITS, 5 GREAT TITS, 8 CHAFFINCH'S, 6 GREENFINCH'S, 11 GOLDFINCH'S, and 15 COLLARED DOVES. Three ROBINS chased around, and 2 DUNNOCKS kept low under the vegetation. A single BLACKBIRD came in and fed on one of the apples I had spiked to the elder tree, but HOUSE SPARROWS and STARLINGS were thin on the ground, with just 2 of each.
The 45 mins I spent out on my patch during mid morning wasn't a serious birding attempt, as I said I just wanted some fresh air. I visited the lakes which had nothing unusual to report, 8 MALLARDS on the main lake and 6 MOORHEN spread between the smaller lakes. I walked back through the Tree Nursery where I flushed up 6 MEADOW PIPITS and two PHEASANTS, while overhead two flocks of 12 HERRING GULL went over.
Back home I spent the day watching the feeders on and off, and added NUTHATCH x2 , COAL TIT , JACKDAW x3 , WOODPIGEON x2 , MAGPIE x2 , JAY , GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER x2 , and of course the SPARROWHAWK, which made many fruitless attempts to make a kill. Later on towards dusk, I was scanning the leylandi type tree where I last saw the Firecrest, I thought i'd found it again but it was just a GOLDCREST :-) Goldcrest and Firecrest both in the garden on the same day - brilliant :-)
A scan of the fields to the front of my house as it grew dark revealed a KESTREL, and then 16 LINNETS wheeling around, no doubt getting ready to drop down into the Tree Nursery roost site.
Should be well enough for work tomorrow :-( then an afternoon patch walk.
Above, a now scarce garden visitor in any numbers, Starling
Below: The Sparrowhawk