The early songsters, ROBIN and SONGTHRUSH, were singing loudly for the first half hour, further song from MISTLE THRUSH, DUNNOCK, WREN and GOLDCREST was also heard as the morning warmed up a bit, with COLLARED DOVE, STARLING, GREAT and BLUE TIT adding their bit to the now ever growing list of species that are sharpening up their voices for the spring. A song was also heard that I always enjoy hearing at this time of year, that of the SISKIN, a small flock fed in Alders at the College Grounds, where four BULLFINCH were a nice sight in the frosty conditions, especially the colourful males, the welcome sound of a calling LESSER REDPOLL (57) was heard as it flew low over, the year list creeps on!
Migrant Alley was home to a flock of 68 BLACK HEADED GULLS, plus the usual ROOKS, WOODPIGEONS, JACKDAWS, and CARRION CROWS, with flyovers from HERRING GULL, YELLOWHAMMER, PIED WAGTAIL and CANADA GOOSE 14 of which went north, with the feral BARNACLE GOOSE with them. I checked out the nearby Greenhouse Grounds, and the Greenhouse Copse, in the latter a TREECREEPER was seen well, but my old mate the SPARROWHAWK was hunting low around the Greenhouse Grounds sending anything that was there into deep cover. Making my way home for a quick drink, I passed the Tree Nursery and saw the KESTREL up hunting.
Next up was the lakes via the Small Holding and Wet Woods, both the GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS were seen in the Small Holding, and another Great Spotted drummed from the Wet Woods, where it was still really quiet for such a nice crisp day. On the lakes I was pleased to see the COOT again, as well as a CORMORANT and a GREY HERON, the resident MALLARDS were present in small numbers, as were the MOORHENS, but no other visitors today.
The surrounding Scrubby Woods held the expected species, JAY, NUTHATCH, LONG TAILED TIT, a couple more Bullfinch and Goldcrest, but no Coal tit today.
In all another average visit, but at least another species went onto the year list, which now stands at 57, equal to the total species recorded in the January of 2005 and 2006, this is the second lowest January total, but plenty of days remain to sort that out, back to it tomorrow, still a few species that might turn up yet!
Only two birds posed for the camera, a shame as the light was nice this morning.
|Wren diving for cover!|