The weather was mostly cloudy with just a few sunny spells and little wind for my walk over to the lakes, once again the Smal holding was good for both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, four of the former were seen and two of the latter.
On the lakes it was the same as yesterday, apart from not finding a Kingfisher today, MALLARDS, GREY HERON and the COOT were seen again. In the adjacent Scrubby Woods I heard LONG TAILED TITS, COAL TIT and BULLFINCH. There were flyovers from yet more SISKIN and LESSER REDPOLL, very few come down to visit though.
A quick look around the Tree Nursery and Greenhouse Grounds was again much the same as yesterday, a few MEADOW PIPITS popped up from the tall vegetation in the Nursery, along with 2 more Green Woodpeckers, 2 KESTRELS were up hunting, and a few HERRING and BLACK HEADED GULLS flew over. The Greenhouse Grounds had the usual regulars of WREN, DUNNOCK, ROBIN, PIED WAGTAIL, BLACKBIRD and SONGTHRUSH, but there wasn't any sign of the winter thrushes today. A SPARROWHAWK flew along a line of Alders, putting up around 12 GOLDFINCH, the only other notable species were 2 MISTLE THRUSHES that flew over.
Talking of winter thrushes, as I'm off for the rest of the week i'll be doing my first winter thrush survey for the B. T. O in the morning, that will ensure there will be very few about! ;-)
More garden photo's for today :-