I spent just a couple of hours out, and did manage to find some bits and pieces of interest for the afternoon, one of those being a fine pair of MANDARIN DUCKS in the Wet Woods, plenty of holey trees in there if they fancied breeding here, I did record them as a breeding species last year for the first time, but I didn't find the nest hole, just the newly fledged young on the lake.
The lakes today were unremarkable, the pair of COOTS were still present, with a few male MALLARDS and two MOORHEN, however a quick check of the nearby garden, that has some feeders kindly provided, gave me good views of 4 LESSER REDPOLL. Whilst there, I listened to the song of a CHIFFCHAFF, probably the one that arrived here yesterday, my first Chiffy song of the year :-)
The only other notable species recorded this afternoon were FIELDFARES, at least 60 flew over in a loose flock.
I felt a bit cheated this afternoon, after all that lovely sunny spring weather we've had recently, but the enthusiasm returned when I arrived home. I had just sat down to watch the garden feeders, after refilling them, when, what pops in ? A BRAMBLING (73, 60) fantastic! What a relief to get one on the year list at last, thought I might have missed this winter beauty !
The light was terrible, but I fired off a few record shots, this one was just about the best of a poor lot!
|First Brambling of the year.|
|My friendly Robin - always good for a photo when all else has failed :-)|