In the Wet Woods the most abundant bird was the GOLDCREST, at least five were found, much scanning of them couldn't turn one into a Firecrest though! Four MALLARDS splashed down on one of the pools whilst I was there, while overhead, above the tree tops LESSER REDPOLL and SISKIN were heard going over. I spent a small while trying to track down the first Treecreeper for months list, but wasn't successful so moved on to the Lakes.
Nothing at all was on the Water, but sitting in one of the bankside trees was a CORMORANT, better still a GREY HERON (48) was fishing in the shallows, and a bit better than that, a KINGFISHER (49) was seen in the vegetation on the opposite bank, two new birds for December :-)
With the sun already sinking fast and the light fading, I made my way over to the Tree Nursery, on the way I looked up into the sky to see the 50th December species - a COMMON BUZZARD (50) an apt species to reach fifty with I think :-) The Tree Nursery held no surprises for me today, the regular MEADOW PIPITS, Green Woodpeckers, SONGTHRUSH, BLACKBIRDS, WRENS, DUNNOCKS and ROBINS were in good supply, as were the HERRING and BLACK HEADED GULLS that went over, JAYS and MAGPIES chased about, and the two KESTRELS hunted over the grassland, and that was about it for the day :-)
I left the Camera indoors today, but here's a couple of Garden Bird images from yesterday.
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|