Another Little Owl was heard to call from the Small Holding as I passed through on my walk to the lakes this afternoon, I checked out the Wet Woods on the way, but it was fairly quiet here with only a few MALLARDS and MOORHENS on the pools of water, a flock of LONG TAILED TITS were hosting two GOLDCREST plus one or two GREAT and BLUE TITS.
The lakes have reverted back to their normality now the peace and quiet of the holiday season has passed, just 4 Mallards, 2 Moorhen and the COOT were seen, a pair of CORMORANT were sitting up in some nearby trees. I was enjoying looking at a group of five BULLFINCH in the adjacent Scrubby Woods, that was until a SPARROWHAWK chased them off !
I headed home across the sheep pasture between the Wet Woods and Tree Nursery, finding a good flock of around 150 birds, most of these were FIELDFARE, but there were some STARLING and just one or two REDWING amongst them, anyway they all flew off pretty quickly when the (same?) Sparrowhawk came hurtling over!
My last port of call was the Tree Nursery, where the best I could muster was a pair of MEADOW PIPITS, a GREEN WOODPECKER and a PHEASANT.
Once home I was a bit annoyed to see it actually got lighter as the sun started to set, the cloud parting just as the sun was disappearing, This allowed me to snatch a few grainy Woodpecker shots from my study window :-)
|Green Woodpecker, he's enjoyed my apples all winter so far :-)|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker, On the 'Blog log'|