After a cold and cloudy morning, the sun finally broke through for my afternoon patch visit, and if I kept out of the cold northerly wind, it felt quite springlike :-)
I was itching to get out into the sunshine, as I was sure i'd pick up a hat full of new species for the months list, however it wasn't as easy as I had thought, I think it was the strong cold wind that kept many birds in cover, it certainly subdued their song.
My regular walk to the lakes is getting slightly less muddy now, as things dry out a bit, especially the narrow footpath in the Small Holding, which is where I saw my first addition to the months list for today, when the female SPARROWHAWK (41) was watched as it circled over, no doubt eyeing up my garden feeders! The Wet Woods were very quiet, apart from some singing SISKINS, all I saw in there was a pair of MALLARDS and a MOORHEN.
The lakes are continuing to make a home for the pair of COOTS, but there were no Canada Geese today, only 2 pairs of Mallard and 1 pair of Moorhen. I didn't hang about by the water, as the wind was freezing, so I quickly took cover in the Scrubby Wood, here I found my second addition to the March list, a REDWING (42), it flew right at me, and jinked at the last moment, giving me a flash of the red underwing. I continued to record the regular species, but it's harder now the feeding flocks have split up, however, NUTHATCH, GOLDCREST, more Siskins and LONG TAILED TITS were found, but no Treecreeper today, I new there must be a COAL TIT (43) around somewhere, but it took me a while before finding one to add to the March total !
Clutching at straws, I checked the lake again, nothing had dropped in during my absence though, so I wandered off over to the Tree Nursery and Pub Field, but despite the lovely sunshine I couldn't find anything more for the months list, in fact very little was seen, a few BLACK HEADED and HERRING GULLS went over, and that was it. I had a try around the Greenhouse Complex, hoping for the Pied wagtails to turn up, but even they were elsewhere today, the KESTREL was performing nicely though, hovering over a nearby large garden.
Back at home, whilst filling the feeders up, I flushed the female Sparrowhawk from the evergreen tree at the bottom of the garden, and the MARSH TIT (44) scolded at it with a loud repetitive ''pitchoo''.
With the hawk scared off, I sat and waited for yesterdays Brambling to appear, hoping for a photo, but it never showed today - maybe it's in the Sprawk! One bird that isn't in the sprawk - yet, is this GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, he has taken the place of the last one :-)
Whilst I was waiting for the no show Brambling, I took this STARLING photo