Broken cloud and sunshine was on offer today, but by the time I left work it was mostly cloud !
Unfortunately most of the places I visit on my patch had heavy disturbance this afternoon, even the lake area was disturbed by a training crew from Hadlow College, god knows how they have wangled their way into the large garden adjacent to the lakes, slash and burn was the on the agenda again. I caught one of the louts ( sorry students) sneaking into the neighbouring area, but he soon shot off when I challenged him.
Anyway, i did look at the main lake just in case, but all that was on it were 11 MALLARDS. With workers in the Tree Nursery and around the Greenhouse Complex I sought refuge in the Wet woods, a most dark, damp and inhospitable place for most people :-) I spent 90 mins checking the upper canopy, desperately looking for that Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, but I dont think i'm going to add it to the list this year. I did stumble across a nice big mixed feeding flock of birds though, I found at least 4 GOLDCREST, two TREECREEPERS, a NUTHATCH, a MARSH TIT, a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER and a whole load of BLUE, GREAT and LONG TAILED TITS, which proved uncountable due to there constant moving around. Of course, with all that noise and movement it didn't take long before a SPARROWHAWK came zipping through, but the big female missed everything - this time :-)
It got dark very quickly, and I reluctantly had to head off home, it was only 15:45 ! I just hope there is less disturbance tomorrow.
I did get some pics of the birds in the feeding flock, just not the species I was after, but above is a Great Tit and Below is a Blue Tit.
I took this photo of the tower as I walked home, it must be 500m away or more, but if you click on the photo and enlarge it (songbird !) On the right hand side of the tower, in between the middle and top wires is the Peregrine, which refuses to fly over my patch ( whilst i'm there) and so get onto the months list !!