Walking home from work this afternoon I stopped at Migrant Alley briefly, and watched a dog walker and his 3 dogs walk the perimeter of the sheep field, as they approached the flooded area 3 SNIPE flew up and headed off high NE, I wont see them again for a while, why cant these doggy people stick to the footpaths, they know or care little for the countryside or it's wildlife, once the dogs had fouled the 'the usual' place they all headed off home :-(
So Migrant Alley wasn't worth visiting this afternoon, and with the lakes still frozen solid from bank to bank, there was little point going there either. I ended up deciding to walk the Wet Woods and the Tree Nursery, with a brief visit to the scrub area adjacent to the main lake.
I was hoping to find a Woodcock for the months list, but it wasn't forthcoming, nor were the next target species, Stock Dove, Grey Heron, and Mallard all of which might have been seen flying over. There were plenty of the woodland birds to keep me amused though, TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, MARSH TIT and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were the more Notable ones, but BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT and LONG TAILED TITS were also busy feeding.
Out in the more open Tree Nursery, the dozen or so PHEASANTS were still stealthily creeping around the shrubs,BLACKBIRDS, SONGTHRUSH and DUNNOCK also foraged around the leaf litter, where the snow has thawed under the larger trees. However it was a very 'run of the mill' visit today with not a lot going on, virtually nothing flew over, apart from a few single FIELDFARES - at least the temperature got up to 2c today, well balmy :-)
Better luck tomorrow !
The photo's above and below are of the Tree Nursery, still frozen solid