The lakes had the now long staying pair of COOTS, plus the lone one that was found yesterday, although I dont think this one will stay long, the LITTLE GREBE was still present, a CORMORANT, 8 MALLARD and 6 MOORHEN made up the balance here, quite a good day for these lakes!
Looking around the Scrubby Woods for something more to add to the year list, I came across a female SPARROWHAWK tucking into a WOODPIGEON, it flew off, so I hid myself behind a large tree, knowing that she would come back. After five minutes or so she flew in, and I watched her feeding on the head of the pigeon from just ten meters away, however as soon as I raised my camera she was off, too quick for me!! I moved on and left the Sprawk to come back undisturbed, but of course with her around most other birds were hiding up. I did hear SISKIN, BULLFINCH and distant LONG TAILED TITS, and a COAL TIT started to sing loudly, two GOLDCREST chased around a fir tree, and three SONGTHRUSH flew from beneath a bramble patch, that was about it.
Despite the warmish sunshine, the Tree Nursery had little to offer today, only MAGPIES, BLACKBIRDS, plus the odd ROBIN, WREN and DUNNOCK. As yesterday, the Pub Field was empty, so I moved on to my seat at Migrant Alley. There was a work crew out in the sheep pasture erecting fence lines, they flushed up a SKYLARK, the first seen for a while, but after 20 mins of watching the skies, and finding just one YELLOWHAMMER and a couple of BLACK HEADED GULL, I called it a day, I instead used the remaining light to get some garden bird photo's to brighten the blog :-) Four O'clock and it was still light!!
The blog brighteners for today are :-
|GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER - He wouldn't come out from behind the branch!|
|One of the four Long Tailed Tits that visited|
|One of the numerous Blue Tits - the old favourites!|