Clear skies produced an overnight frost, but the cloud soon rolled in to leave a chilly, overcast day. I was still looking forward to getting out this afternoon after work though, however, as I neared home, I could hear the sound of chainsaws coming from the Lake area, never a good thing!
I made the visit to the lakes anyway, passing through the Small Holding, only to find that it was being ''tidied up'' and a bonfire raging away. The Wet Woods were filled with drifting smoke, and the noise of chainsaws was much louder. I arrived at the Lakes to find the nearby large house, was having its Oak trees ''Lollipoped'' this is the third winter running that this has been going on :-( . Needless to say, with the noise of the chainsaws, and the even noisier chipping machine that was being fed the limbs of the Oaks, nothing at all was seen on any of the lakes, so i hastily made my way to the Tree Nursery and Pub Field.
Just a couple of GREEN WOODPECKERS and a MEADOW PIPIT were in the nursery, but the Pub Field had 45 BLACK HEADED GULLS and the best part of the 150 odd LAPWING flock that were here yesterday. A look around the Greenhouse Complex, and its hedgerow that borders Migrant Alley, only produced the likes of WREN, ROBIN, DUNNOCK, PIED WAGTAIL, and BLACKBIRD, plus five GOLDFINCH and a lone SISKIN that were feeding in an Alder tree, while overhead the only notable was 3 FIELDFARE. Thats just about all there was time for this afternoon, 15:30 and dusk was rolling in!
In all a very frustrating visit, the chainsaw gang could be around for days, making the likelyhood of finding anything new for the month, ( the lakes are the most likely source of something different) very long odds :-( Oh well, I'll try again tomorrow, you never know, something might turn up elsewhere :-)