Persistent, heavy rain fell from dawn till dusk today, preventing any patch visit apart from my walk home, which did, remarkably, coincide with a flyover of at least 20 GOLDEN PLOVER (57) as I walked up Ashes lane. There were also at least 40 BLACK HEADED GULLS at Migrant Alley on the sheep pasture, but I wasn't hanging around for an accurate count in the deluge!
The Golden Plover were an especially pleasing addition to the the 2011 list, because it took until Dec. to get this species on last years list, and then it was just one record of a single bird going over. The months list creeps up to 57 now, a January total shared by 2005 and 2006, and ahead of January 2002, putting this month into joint 7th place out of the ten January's, still 11 species behind the best total set in 2009 though.
I thought it would be a simple case of watching what came into the garden this afternoon, but attacks by both male and female SPARROWHAWKS were as persistent as the rain, their continued high speed fly-throughs kept everything away apart from the nimble BLUE and GREAT TITS, which would grab a seed from the feeders and immediately head for cover again. I ended up drifting of to sleep at my window seat!
This year is failing to catch alight somewhat, I need a sustained run of patch visits !!