Another ''not too bad'' day weatherwise today. This afternoon a few sunny spells were had, but it was mostly cloudy and cool.
Of the 2 hours spent on my patch this afternoon, 90% of it was over at the lakes and scrubby wood area. All the regular resident species were seen, many of them were associating with a small band of LONG TAILED TITS, six to eight were feeding in the dense bramble and young trees, 2 TREECREEPERS, 2 COAL TITS, 4 GOLDCREST, 2 NUTHATCH and a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were all in close proximity to them. At least 4 BULLFINCH were also in the wood, as well a few of yesterdays SONGTHRUSHES.
On the water the 3 lakes had a pair of CANADA GEESE on each, they will probably attempt to breed on their respective lakes in a few weeks, 2 pairs of of MALLARD were on the main lake, and 1 pair of MOORHEN were on the ornamental lake. A few SISKINS were in some pine trees that grow around the lake, as were 2 more Goldcrests, and while trying to find a Firecrest in the pine tree, 4 MISTLE THRUSHES noisily dropped into it, had a bit of a scrap, then left just as noisily!
I chased around the scrub for ages trying to get a photo, but the birds in the flock seemed very wary and unapproachable today, maybe because the breeding season is nearing ? I failed to get any photo's in the end, despite having some really good views.
Just a brief visit was had to the Pub Field and Tree Nursery as I walked home, the Pub Field had at least 110 FIELDFARE scattered over the maize stubbles, they were thinly spread over the field, and took a bit of counting, but I suspect many went unseen. Crossing into the Tree Nursery another pair of Goldcrest were found, as was a pair of Long Tailed Tits, these having paired up now and left the larger flocks.
That was about it for today! Nothing new for the month or year list, which has stalled on 56 and 69 respectively. Looking back at this time in 2009, and 2010, the year list wasn't all that much different to this years, 2009 had a year total of 71 by this time, and the month ended on 73, while 2010 had a year total of 67 at this time, and ended the month on 69, so i'm behind 2009 and ahead of 2010, the year which turned out to have the highest species count ever, so i'm not doing as badly as I had feared :-)
Tomorrow looks like a complete washout, and it may be a case of just watching the garden feeders and chasing the sparrowhawk around ! She was in again today when I got home, hardly any food has been eaten from the feeders, but that saves me a few quid at least!