The weather relented for today, and long sunny spells were the order of the day, so I could at last resume my afternoon walk over to the lakes.
Just before reaching the small holding is a drainage ditch, about the size of a tennis court, and after a few rainy days it fills with water, before draining away over a few days, as I pass it, I always check it out, mostly its been disturbed long before I get there, but today there was a GREY WAGTAIL feeding around the leaf strewn edge, not a common bird on my patch, so a nice record.
On passing through the Small Holding I saw the resident GREEN WOODPECKERS, plus a few GREAT and BLUE TITS, with a pair of vocal GOLDCRESTS, but more of a surprise was finding a Red Admiral Butterfly, sunning itself on a fence post.
The only thing of note in the Wet Woods was a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, and a calling TREECREEPER, two more Goldcrest were seen as I left the Woods and walked the footpath to the lakes. On the water today were, 8 MALLARD, 5 MOORHEN, a GREY HERON and a CORMORANT, nothing new there for the month, but it was better than most days :-) After checking the surrounding trees and scrub, and finding COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, BULLFINCH and a flyover YELLOWHAMMER, as well as another Red Admiral, there was still enough light to walk over to the Tree Nursery and Pub Field, unfortunately a work party was in the Nursery, something that will happen more often than not now that the rain has softened the ground and trees can start to be dug up.
The Pub Field maize stubbles were full of WOODPIGEON, and JACKDAWS, no sign of a Golden Plover for the year list, but I still live in hope. A lone BLACK HEADED GULL went over, as did several parties of STARLINGS, 3 FIELDFARE, and the odd GOLDFINCH, CHAFFINCH, MEADOW PIPIT and PIED WAGTAIL. By now dusk was falling, so I walked along Ashes lane and waited by the roadside adjacent the Tree Nursery to see if the LINNETS would turn up to roost, which they did, I counted 16. As I waited for them to settle down, I thought I heard the distinctive call of a Lapland Bunting, it just called once, but with the Linnets in the air calling, and traffic zooming past, plus a noisy aircraft going over, I frustratingly have to put it down as wishful thinking, pity that would have been a real class bird to add to the patch list !
The sun was out, so the camera was out!
Above is the Red Admiral ( the one from the Lakes area)
Below is a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
Below is the CORMORANT as it left the Lake ( look at the blue sky too!)