I persevered with my visits to the Lakes this afternoon, hoping for a different duck species to drop in, but the wait will have to go on, as only 3 pairs of MALLARD, 2 pairs of MOORHEN and the COOT pair were seen there this afternoon.
I moved on to the shelter of the Wet Woods, where 3 more pairs of Mallard were dabbling about on the pools, as I stood and stared into the dense tangle of branches and twigs the movement of GOLDCREST and TREECREEPER caught my eye, there were at least 3 possibly 5 of the former and 2 of the latter. Up above on an Alder tree half a dozen SISKIN were feeding.
Feeling braver, I faced the cold wind and icy rain for a walk over to the Tree Nursery and Pub Field, on the way a SPARROWHAWK zipped past me on the wind, and one of the KESTREL pair was up hunting over the Nursery, I didn't see one yesterday, unusually. A COMMON BUZZARD was then seen flying at tree top level above the Wet Woods, but that's as good as the birding got today. I haven't added a single bird to the months list all week!
Once again my garden provides the photo's today, these are a few from yesterdays efforts :-
|LONG TAILED TIT|
|Long Tailed Tit|