Cheated!! That's how I felt today, after days of foggy gloom the weather forecasters promised us some afternoon sunshine, but it came to nothing, there was just more overcast gloom :-(
So with the camera put back in its bag, I went off to check the lakes, crossing the Tree Nursery and checking the Pub Field as I went. It was dire! The only birds of note were a KESTREL sitting up in a sycamore, it was over looking the BLACK HEADED GULLS which were on the Pub field, where there were no Lapwings today.
Over at the Lakes, it all seemed to have been disturbed before I got there, a dozen MALLARDS were hiding under the overhang of the bankside Trees, where a few MOORHEN skulked with them, a SPARROWHAWK flew low over the water, and off towards the Wet Woods area, upsetting a flock of mainly BLUE TITS, but there was at least 2 LONG TAILED TITS with them as well as two GREAT TITS. The Scrubby Woods was quiet, I stopped to listen for maybe a Nuthatch, Goldcrest or Treecreeper, but only got the sounds of a nearby chainsaw, and a leaf blowing machine, which competed with the numerous light aircraft that kept going over!
I made my way back through the Tree Nursery, then onto Migrant Alley, hoping something new for the months list would flyover, a Mute swan or Common gull would be nice, a few SISKIN and GOLDFINCH is what I got though :-) At Migrant Alley the day got more frustrating, a work crew of students were putting up wire mesh around the stock fencing, a job that was started back in February!! On the way home the sight of a freshly dead ROBIN that had been hit by a car on Ashes lane just about summed up the visit :-(
As you can tell I am in need of some inspiration, a maybe a bit of sunlight. !!