My usual visit to the lakes area was made, and here I found the two COOTS, looking for all the world like they will be nesting soon :-) I watched them feeding, diving down to get the water weed and bobbing back up with it. Only two CANADA GEESE, 1 MOORHEN and 3 MALLARD were present with them today.
|Almost got some !|
|A water weed snack !|
I made some effort to visit the Tree Nursery and glance over the Pub Field, the Tree Nursery had only GREEN WOODPECKERS of interest - 3 flew up and bounded away to the nearby Oak tree, while the Pub Field was empty apart from 8 BLACK HEADED GULLS.
A skywatch over on my seat at Migrant Alley was a bit of a poor affair, just a single CORMORANT, 3 HERRING GULLS and lots more Black Headed Gulls were seen, as well as the usual mix of Corvids and the ever present WOODPIGEONS.
The Fieldfares seem to have stopped going through for the moment, might be an early departure back north for them this year, last year the last date one was recorded was on the 19th of March, but the mean last date is the 30th March, so I should see a few more yet :-) I note that in only 3 of the last 10 years I have found Fieldfares in April.
I spent half an hour in the garden this afternoon, trying to get some photo's at the feeders in the diminishing light - here's the results :-)
|I didn't have to wait long for this Nuthatch to come down|
|COLLARD DOVES are ever present in my garden|
|I took these Collared Dove shots aginst the light, but they came out acceptable :-)|
|These GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER photo's were taken through the double glazing, they just dont let me open the window to get a shot of them, it might help if I clean the windows though!!|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|