After work this afternoon, I spent 90 mins out on my patch in cold, damp, raw conditions, not icy cold, but that damp gnawing cold :-)
I walked through the Small Holding, finding three GREEN WOODPECKERS on a nearby large garden lawn, good to see they have come through last weeks severe weather. The Wet Woods still had ice on the small pools of water, and nothing stirred from around them, however up in the bare branches SISKINS could be heard, along with BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, which gave some brief drumming. I carried on towards the lakes, but on getting there found them to be still frozen from bank to bank, and as such, devoid of any wildfowl. The nearby scrub area was a bit more lively with a loose feeding flock of all the regular woodland birds they being : LONG TAILED TITS, Blue and Great Tits, the MARSH TIT, two COAL TITS, four GOLDCRESTS, two TREECREEPERS and two more Great Spotted Woodpeckers.
There was just time to visit the Pub Field and Tree Nursery before a dense fog rolled in and ended proceedings, which was just as well, as only a few BLACK HEADED GULLS, Corvids and PHEASANTS were seen.