My walk over to the lakes started poorly, as there was disturbance in the small holding, the Wet Woods was a little better than of late, with TREECREEPER, SISKIN, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, plus the regular BLUE and GREAT TITS.
First thing I saw on the lakes as I arrived were 6 CANADA GEESE, the first here for some time, certainly the first on an afternoon visit, also the 3 COOTS remained, and the LITTLE GREBE was again seen. A GREY HERON dropped in, but flew off again after seeing me, and I got to withing 10m of a KINGFISHER, but didn't realise it, the bird flew off as I approached.....another chance of a photo missed! I did get a photo of one of the LONG TAILED TITS that moved through the surrounding Scrubby Woods, but the two GOLDCREST and the COAL TIT with them avoided the lens. A REDWING fed with a BLACKBIRD in a wild rose bush, grabbing at the bright red hips, that's the first Redwing here since Sunday. BULLFINCH were heard calling, and a few Siskin went over, but the hoped for Little or Tawny Owls didn't appear.
All was quiet over at the Pub Field, except for 6 BLACK HEADED GULLS, and the Tree Nursery was similarly very quiet, so I swiftly moved on to the Greenhouse Grounds, where the KESTREL was up hunting, a flock of a dozen or so GOLDFINCH fed in some Alders, and the usual mix of Blackbird, SONGTHRUSH, WREN, DUNNOCK, ROBIN and PIED WAGTAIL were also seen. A 20 minute sit on my skywatching seat at Migrant Alley only produced a STOCK DOVE, and the numerous ROOKS, JACKDAWS, and WOODPIGEONS.
Hopefully the last two full patch visits of the month will turn up something for the year list this weekend :-)
|Yet another Long Tailed Tit photo - but you cant just let them pass without snapping away at them!!|
|This female Blackbird fed on worms found in the Greenhouse Grounds|