Not much at all is changing on my patch at the moment, I did find the first SKYLARK (49) of the month as I walked home from work, it was singing over Migrant Alley, where the the first lambs have been unleashed onto the pasture, I don't like sheep :-)
The weather was in the same mood as the last few days, cloudy by morning but sunny by afternoon, although the cold wind had eased a touch making for a more comfortable afternoon walk. As I said, nothing has changed much on my patch, I found the LONG TAILED TITS, TREECREEPERS, and NUTHATCH, in the wet woods, with them were 5 GOLDCREST, they seem to have gathered together again over the past couple of days. The lakes had 4 CANADA GEESE, 4 MALLARDS, 2 MOORHEN, and the COOT count was back to 2 again :-)
Another couple of Goldcrest were in the Scrubby Wood, as well as a COAL TIT, and nearby a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER was drumming. Above me I heard the call of a CARRION CROW, the one they make when a Raptor is about, I scanned the sky and found my first COMMON BUZZARD (50) of the month, thanks Crow, a nice bird to bring up the 50 mark for march. I noted at least 5 REDWING on the floor of the wood, not long now before they depart northwards for the summer.
As I walked home today, I checked the Pub Field, and saw 4 FIELDFARE, but nothing else at all on the maize stubbles there. The Tree Nursery had a work crew in, they were 'tidying' the place up as they have to be out in April, this involved a digger, gouging out the nice overgrown drainage ditch, thats a good bit of nesting habitat gone for this year, ah! but it does look nice and tidy !
I'm looking forward to the first full patch visit of March tomorrow morning, I might just get a singing Chiffchaff, but i'm not getting to carried away as the earliest date for this summer migrant is the 10th, and the mean arrival date is the 16th, so I will probably have to wait just a little longer - i'll still be listening though......Chiff, Chaff, Chiff, Chaff, Chiff...... :-)
I didn't get a single photo whilst out this afternoon, so i tried for a few garden snaps when I got home.
This Long Tailed Tit was a welcome visitor, I rarely get these in my garden, March is the month when I am most likely to though. Pity it looks like it's on a jail break :-)
This Female Great Spotted Woodpecker came in and sat where yesterdays Brambling sat, I have cut of the offending leaves now, so the photo is focused today :-)