I had only until 15:30hrs for a patch visit after work, giving me 90 minutes out, I spent most of that 90 minutes over at the Lakes and scrubby Woods. As I was walking to the area across the forlorn looking Tree Nursery, a pair of GREYLAG GEESE flew low over, and as I followed them in my bins I caught sight of the KESTREL pair perched on the Grenhouses, not seen the Kestrels since saturday.
I had a quick scan over the muck spread Pub Field, but nothing was there today, the wind was cold and biting again, and I cant say I looked as thoroughly as maybe I should have!
Over at the Lakes I once again found a pair of GOOSANDER, they now take their place as the latest recorded on my patch. Also on the Lakes were two pairs of CANADA GEESE, 1 pair of MALLARD, 4 MOORHENS and a COOT.
I spent a while looking at listening around the lake edges and Scrubby Woods, hoping for the call or song of my first spring Chiffchaff, but they have still not arrived yet :-( I did see a pair of BULLFINCH, a TREECREEPER, and a whole host of BLUE TITS, not sure why they had come together. A GOLDCREST sang, a COAL TIT was heard to call, and a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER drummed from over at the Wet Woods, where I spent 15 mins, finding the pair of MANDARIN on the pools of branch entangled water :-)
A short visit then, but from now on every visit will be at least 3 hours long, all I need is some warmer weather - or even this bloody cold wind to drop out!!
I took some distant record shots of the Goosander
|Goosander pair escorting one of the Canada Geese|