All change with the weather again ! There were some short lived sunny spells this afternoon amongst the mostly cloudy skies, but that's a vast improvment than of late!
The better weather encouraged a few birds to sing again, CHAFFINCH'S were heard tuning up as I passed through the Small Holding, they are not quite giving it all just yet, the MISTLE THRUSH was back on form though, and it's song resounded loudly through the trees in the Wet Woods, along with the 'wee wee wee'' call of a NUTHATCH. Five pairs of MALLARDS were on the wooded pools, they will be nesting very soon now.
A slight change was had on the lakes today, where 14 CANADA GEESE were on the main lake, 2 were on the ornamental lake and another two were on the smallest lake along with 4 Mallard, not one Moorhen was seen though, nor was the hoped for Grey Heron or Kingfisher, both would be additions to the months list.
The scrubby woods were quiter than they have been for a while, no Long Tailed Tits were seen, but 3 GOLDCRESTS, 2 TREECREEPERS and a singing COAL TIT were all in close proximity to one another, there were at least 7 SONGTHRUSH'S seen, a real increase over recent weeks, lets hope they stay around to breed.
I walked over to Migrant Alley, via the Pub Field, where two KESTRELS flew over the maize stubbles, and around 30-40 FIELDFARE were on the farside of the field, making counting difficult. I arrived at Migrant Alley at 15:20hrs, and sat watching the sky for 40 mins, but not a single bird flew over, not one!! I could see ROOKS, JACKDAWS and WOODPIGEONS in the sheep pasture, also one of the Peregrines on the tower, but to have absolutely nothing flyover must be a first for me :-)
Above is one of the Canada Geese that was on the smallest of the lakes, below is a photo of the Wet Woods, with the Bluebell leaves giving a green carpet to the woodland floor