Above is a view of the main lake this afternoon, still iced over :-(
As is normally the case, wall to wall morning sunshine gave way to thick dark clouds the moment I left work ( its enough to drive me to drink!!!)
I was thinking about staying in this afternoon, as the rain looked imminent, a sit by the window to watch the garden visitors was a much more appealing idea, this was ruled out once my neighbour decided to do some gardening.
So I decided to go and see how the lakes were getting on with their defrosting, as you can see from the photo above they were still 90% ice. I picked up half a house brick, then tossed it as high as I could over the ice, it came down and just bounced! A while before any ducks visit here then!!
I checked the mixed finch's that were seen on the Alpaca enclosure as I passed through the Small Holding, no Brambling found, but it looks promising, there were still at least 15 CHAFFINCH'S, 8 GREENFINCH and a few BLUE TITS picking up the Hornbeam seed, so it's always worth a scan.
Walking through the Wet Woods, some of the smaller pits have water in them now, and a lone drake MALLARD was on one, but the larger pits were still frozen over, just as I was going to move on again, I heard what I was listening out for yesterday, a WAXWING (55) !! I wondered at first if it was just my imagination, but it called again, that unmistakable trill as it went over, I didn't see it though :-( . Still, thats one good species to have on my year list, exactly whats needed help to reach the target of 109 for the year.
As well as throwing stones on the ice, I also found a couple of confiding GOLDCRESTS at the lake, which I tried to take a photo of, but it was so dark, the birds had moved out of the frame before the shutter closed, all I got was a blur!
Spits of rain were now falling, so i headed home, out through the Wet Woods and across the Tree Nursery, just 50 mins were had out, very disappointing! However the ever gathering gloom was suddenly pierced by a pure white bird heading straight at me - a LITTLE EGRET (56), a second Month/year tick ! Amazing I spent hours out on Monday and got nothing. Two good species to get on the list too, obviously Waxwing, but Little Egret was only recorded in 4 different months last year.
Below is the Little Egret, just look how dark it was out there, and it wasn't even 3 o'clock! Hopeless for photography!