The brighter conditions were however tempered by a gale force wind, making it very difficult to locate most bird species, and the species total for the morning reached a less than average 39.
The Wet Woods was home to at least 4 GOLDCRESTS, and a TREECREEPER, plus a few BLUE and GREAT TITS. Nine MALLARDS, a CORMORANT, two MOORHEN and a GREY HERON were at the Lakes, the adjacent garden had the MARSH TIT at their feeders, my feeders are obviously not good enough anymore!
The Tree Nursery had 4 MEADOW PIPITS today, plus the resident KESTREL pair hunting over it, 3 SONGTHRUSH and 2 REDWING flew from the vegetation, and 3 GREYLAG GEESE flew over whilst I was there. The Greenhouse Grounds was of more interest, with a party of 4 LESSER REDPOLL, 6 SISKIN and 8 GOLDFINCH seen in the Alders again.
A walk round the College Grounds provided a few regular common species, with the highlight being a KINGFISHER on one of the ponds, and a fly through SPARROWHAWK. Species not seen today, that could of been anticipated, were; Pheasant, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Long Tailed Tit, Mistlethrush, and Fieldfare.
I took the camera out this morning and got a photo of both the Redpoll and Siskin at the Greenhouse Grounds, it was hard work though, as they were being tossed around by the wind!
|Green Woodpecker. Amazing how the camera coped with the conditions, this photo was taken through rain splattered double glazing, with some very dark light levels.|
|The JAYS continue to frequent the garden too.|