Feeling unwell and sorry for myself, I didn't do a full patch walk, and only took myself for a circuit of the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley, where in overcast skies and a very chilly northerly wind I felt even worse! Add to that I didn't find a newly arrived migrant it made for a frustrating time. I stopped when I reached my skywatching seat, and hunkered down against the cold wind, looking out for the distinctive shape of my first Swallow against the greyness, but one never showed up in the two hours I spent there.
It did however brighten up, with some good sunny spells towards the end of my vigil, the short walk, from home, around Migrant Alley, through the Greenhouse Complex and watching the sky had actually brought me quite a good tally of bird species, nothing like as good as the 53 seen yesterday, but 38 was surprising. These were mostly the common resident species, WRENS, ROBINS, DUNNOCKS, PIED WAGTAILS, finches, tits,Corvids plus WOODPECKERS GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED, as well as the SONGTHRUSH, MISTLETHRUSH and BLACKBIRDS.
Flyovers were had from four Gull species, HERRING, BLACK HEADED, LESSER BLACK BACKED and COMMON, plus the two raptors species of SPARROWHAWK and KESTREL, two single LESSER REDPOLLS flew over half singing half calling and a SKYLARK sang from high up, a species I didn't find yesterday. A MEADOW PIPIT was heard, then picked up as it flew NW, and 8 CANADA GEESE flew towards the lakes.
As you can see not a very full report today, bare with me during my suffering of this cold virus :-) At least I did find the enthusiasm for a couple of photographs :-)
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|
|The Kestrel doesn't allow close approach, but this is as close as I have ever got to it!|
|The female Blackbird around the Greenhouse Complex normally obliges with a photo|
|I visited the ''Goldcrest Conifer'' and today there was a pair there, not as nice photo's as Fridays efforts, they kept to the shady part of the tree, but nice none-the-less|