I saw fewer species than yesterday, 42 in all, but still manged to add another eight species to the years/months list :-) The first of these was a PHEASANT (46), seen early on when one flew across Ashes lane, this was immediately followed by 3 LINNET (47) that flew up from the Greenhouse Grounds.
Crossing the Ashes Lane Field a Cormorant was noted flying over, as was the third addition to this years list, when a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL (48) also flew past. A pair of FIELDFARE (49) kept the good run run of year ticks going, they were seen silhouetted against the light at the top of a tree, but it was at this point, whilst peering through my bins without stopping walking, I put my foot in a rabbit hole and went tumbling over, fortunately I had the skill to fall without damaging my bins or Camera, and the ground being softened by the rain prevented any injury to me, although I did get extremely muddy!!
After recovering my composure, I headed off to the Lakes and Scrubby Woods, the water was not so busy today, but plenty of MALLARDS were seen, as was the COOT and the MUTE SWAN pair. The Scrubby Woods was reasonably busy with TREECREEPER, LONG TAILED TIT, NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH, GOLDCREST and SISKIN being the pick of what was found.
Back out on the Ashes Lane Field I heard a SKYLARK (51) call as it flew over, and a quick scan of the old shack proved to be worthwhile, as the LITTLE OWL (52) was seen there, it wasn't there earlier!
The last addition to the year list this morning was a YELLOWHAMMER (53), just one alighted on the Poly tunnel framework at the Greenhouse Grounds, where at least 4 MEADOW PIPITS were also to be found. At least 8 SISKIN were feeding in the line of Alders nearby, giving me a chance to photograph them, although they remained just out of reach for the best shots to be obtained :-(
|Siskin, male ( freshly bathed!)|