I just about had time to visit the lakes, then go on to the Greenhouse Grounds before the rain and wind moved in for the day.
In the couple of hours I was out I found 40 species, but numbers of birds were low, and nothing new was added to the year list. Once again a female GOOSANDER was the pick of the bunch at the Lakes, although i'm always pleased to find MUTE SWAN and COOT here, especially when backed up by the KINGFISHER :-)
A TREECREEPER sang from the edge of the main lake, and the nearby Scrubby Woods had at least two pairs of GOLDCREST setting up territories, where a COAL TIT sang, plus BULLFINCH and NUTHATCH called.
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, JAY and a small, roving flock of BLUE and GREAT TITS were all that were encountered in the Wet Woods, although unknown numbers of FIELDFARE were heard calling above the tree tops too.
KESTREL and BUZZARD were up hunting over the Ashes Lane Field, while over at the Greenhouse Grounds, PIED WAGTAIL, BLACKBIRD, SONGTHRUSH, WREN, DUNNOCK, ROBIN, CHAFFINCH, GOLDFINCH, HOUSE SPARROW, and GREEN WOODPECKER all fed in their favoured habitats.
I scanned the pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley just as the first spits of rain arrived, there were at least 50 ROOKS, 30 JACKDAWS and 30 BLACK HEADED GULLS with a dozen HERRING GULLS out there.
Another short and uninspiring visit, not helped by this dismal run of weather were experiencing :-( Still, just over a month to go and spring will be roaring in :-)