In dull and dreary conditions I went to visit the lakes, on the way, passing through the smokey Small Holding and the Wet Woods I noted 4 GREEN WOODPECKERS chasing about a tree trunk, and two TREECREEPERS were doing the same a bit further on, all getting in the mood for the upcoming breeding season :-)
On the lakes is was much as it has been for the last week or so, but I wont knock that because that's better than normal! The CORMORANT was in it's lookout tree, and a GREY HERON fished in the shallows, the pair of COOTS fed contentedly, and the three pairs of CANADA GEESE had a lake each to themselves, just 1 pair of MALLARD and two pairs of MOORHEN were seen, although 3 Mallards did drop in whilst I was there.
A look around the Scrubby Woods was as I expected, two or three pairs of BULLFINCH, a singing COAL TIT, a pair of LONG TAILED TITS a single calling NUTHATCH and at least 4 singing GOLDCRESTS made for an entertaining half hour, a little more unexpected was hearing the hoot of a TAWNY OWL as I went to inspect the feeders in the garden of the adjacent house, these were of some interest as a LESSER REDPOLL was on the niger feeder, while around eight CHAFFINCH were on the floor feeding on spilt sunflower hearts, unfortunately there wasn't a Brambling amongst them .
I made my way over to my sky watching seat at Migrant Alley, not seeing much at all on the way, too much drifting smoke! My skywatch only turned up a YELLOWHAMMER, another Cormorant, which headed towards the lakes and numerous BLACK HEADED GULLS, with the odd HERRING GULL, no raptors at all today, not surprising with all that smoke about!
The camera stayed indoors today, so i'll put up the garden GREENFINCH photo's I took yesterday afternoon.