Unfortunately, I felt a bit under the weather this morning, a throat like I'd been eating sand all night and a 'hungover' type head ( no I don't drink!) so I didn't venture out this morning. I did harbour thoughts of a later visit, but I didn't feel any better by lunch time, so the day was lost :-(
I did spend some time watching the garden birds though, and although nothing unexpected was seen, I enjoyed good views of the 2 NUTHATCH, 3 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, 2 JAYS and a COAL TIT, that were all busy feeding together, plus all the common Tits and finches. Peaks of 16 GREENFINCH, 7 CHAFFINCH, 13 GOLDFINCH, 13 BLUE TITS and 4 GREAT TITS were recorded, along with just singles of DUNNOCK, BLACKBIRD, WOODPIGEON and MAGPIE. Two ROBINS chased each other about, and just 2 each of HOUSE SPARROW and STARLING were seen, how times have changed, once it would have been all Sparrows and Starlings :-(
Of course, every time the number of birds got to 40-50, the SPARROWHAWK would come crashing through, he must watch the birds build up from some vantage point nearby. I didn't see him catch anything today though.
Hopefully this bug ive got will be a short lived thing, and i'll be ok for a patch visit tomorrow.
The sun appeared briefly- very briefly, and allowed the following photo's.