The penultimate patch walk of my holidays was a short one, just a couple of hours were spent out due to some pretty poor conditions once again. A heavy, wetting drizzle with low cloud made for one of those days that never really got light.
The two hours were spent around the Lake area, Scrubby Woods and the Wet woods, the former had a dozen MALLARD, three MOORHEN and the COOT on the water, and around the bankside vegetation a nice flock of 5 BULLFINCH were seen, 3 of them smart males, also a flock of LONG TAILED TITS breezed through the bare twiggy branches, with them were 3 GOLDCREST.
I scanned and searched the Scrubby and Wet Woods, hoping for a Lesser spotted woodpecker, or maybe a Firecrest, both of which do turn up here on rare occasions, but with no luck today. I did record the more regular species to be found here though, including 2 TREECREEPERS, a NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER 4 more Goldcrest and two more pairs of Mallard on the pools of water in the Wet Woods, still no Teal here yet though.
The KESTRELS were up hunting over the Tree Nursery, seen as I trudged home, and the MEADOW PIPITS remain. Not a ver good day at all today though :-(
A sparse post is made worse by an empty 'blog photo' folder - need some light desperately again :-)