|Sunset this evening, the cloud parted at last but far too late in the day|
The Scrubby Woods was given a good searching, as always hoping for something nice like a Firecrest, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker or Woodcock to turn up, but it was very much business as usual, with NUTHATCH, GOLDCREST, BULLFINCH, TREECREEPER and singing COAL TIT being the most noteworthy species seen there.
On the way home I stopped off at the Greenhouse Grounds to re stock the track with a fresh supply of seed, already feeding there were 40-50 GOLDFINCH, 6 CHAFFINCH, 2 DUNNOCK, 2 ROBIN and 2 BLACKBIRDS, overhead SKYLARK, MEADOW PIPIT and SISKIN all called as they flew over. Looking along the Greenhouse Roof the female KESTREL was seen perched up, 2 PIED WAGTAILS were not happy with her being there and called agitatedly.
Just before I reached home, 2 FIELDFARE and a CORMORANT flew over Ashes lane, there is a real lack of winter thrushes here at the moment, once again no Redwings were seen or heard.
Disappointing not to find any new species for December :-(