This afternoons visit however was not one of the more memorable ones, My walk over to the Lake area was met with lots of disturbance, and once at the lakes a noisy leaf sucking machine being used by one of the nearby garden workmen gave off an aggravating sound! Only 4 of yesterdays MALLARDS remained on the lake, with 3 MOORHENS, a GREY HERON that flew over me whilst I walked through the Small Holding earlier had probably been flushed from the main lake.
Around the lake vegetation, and in the Scrubby Woods a few of the regulars were found, LONG TAILED TITS, GOLDCREST, TREECREEPER, BULLFINCH and NUTHATCH were the best of them, the SPARROWHAWK was up above the area, he knows where most of the birds are ;-) after all, he's looking for them just like I am!
As yesterday, I made my way over to the Tree Nursery, and gave the Laurel bushes a good scouring, finding SONGTHRUSH, BLACKBIRD, DUNNOCK and ROBIN, nothing more exciting, although at one point I saw 7 MAGPIES getting excited about a section of shrubs, I made my over, thinking of finding some rare Shrike, but it turned out to be a Fox :-)
Migrant Alley was my next stop, but here there was also some disturbance, a tractor was mowing the sheep pasture ( for some reason!) I saw a MEADOW PIPIT fly up, and watched the LINNET flock vacate the area, as did the few GOLDFINCH that were there. PIED WAGTAIL, SKYLARK, REDPOLL and SISKIN were the best of the flyovers, and a mixed skein of 5 CANADA GEESE with two GREYLAG GEESE that went over, had me hoping for something more unusual, but not today!
|This Red Admiral was sunbathing on the Oak tree seen in yesterdays photo, showing the footpath from the Wet woods to the lake area.|
|Blackbird at the Tree Nursery|