43 species were found, which is what I would expect here for a January Day, but it was a bit disappointing not to have added anything to the Year list, Grey Heron is the most likely to be added, with anything else being a bonus, as all the regulars as well as a few scarcer patch birds have already turned up.
Most of the interest centered around the Lakes again, where an increase in MALLARDS had occurred overnight with 43 being counted across the 3 water bodies, there were no Goosander today, but the KINGFISHER and MUTE SWANS were still around on the Ornamental lake, where the COOT had attracted a mate, fingers crossed they find somewhere to breed :-) Two pairs of MANDARIN DUCK were seen reasonable well, as they slept half hidden in the tree overhang on the Main lake.
The Greenhouse Grounds were a bit more cheering, with plenty of WREN, ROBIN, DUNNOCK, and BLACKBIRD, plus a few PIED WAGTAILS and SONGTHRUSHES. A small flock of GOLDFINCH and SISKIN were feeding in the Alder Trees, and the all round good habitat of the place meant plenty of the likes of BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, and CHAFFINCH were seen plus the bonus of Bullfinch, KESTREL, JAY, and LINNET, the 3 of which were only the second record for this year. I think the students seen earlier were being shown the art of how not to encourage wildlife on to farmland, they could learn a lot more at this place!!
The adjacent Greenhouse Copse was home to a pair of LITTLE OWLS, which stayed put for a photo, but by now any brightness in the day had gone, I still got some nice images though.