The shortened visit wasn't without some highlights, the best being the months first MANDARIN DUCKS (54) seen on the main lake, two pairs flew off shortly after I arrived. Whilst sheltering from the rain, I also added LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL (55)to the months list, when 5 were seen wheeling above the scrubby Woods, a few moments later to be followed by a COMMON BUZZARD lazily flapping its way S.
I tried and failed to hear/see the months first Nuthatch, and have watched the garden feeders on and off all day hoping for one to drop in, but none has arrived - mind you, persistent attacks from the SPARROWHAWK has kept all but the most courageous and fleet winged of birds away, those being the BLUE and GREAT TITS!
At one point it got quite bright outside, despite the rain so i poked the camera out the window, but with limited success, only this rater grainy COLLARED DOVE image escaped the delete button. The BLUE TIT and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER photo's were taken yesterday.
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|