In the brighter couple of hours I made it over to the lakes and Scrubby Woods, but in the strong wind not much was seen. A couple of CORMORANT fished on the main Lake, and a few MALLARDS dabbled about under the tree overhang. The MUTE SWAN and COOT pairs remain on the Ornamental Lake, along with more Mallard and a couple of MOORHENS, whilst the Small Lake only had a few more Mallard and Moorhens present.
I soon moved off to go over to the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley, in the hope of something different being blown over on the wind and although quite a few BLACK HEADED GULLS and HERRING GULLS enjoyed the turbulent sky, nothing else did! A mixed flock of Gulls did drop in onto the sheep pasture at one point, again Mostly Black headed and Herring Gulls, but there were also 4 COMMON GULLS seen with them, a good bird to get on my patch.
I soon got fed up with being buffeted by the gale, and made my way back home through the Greenhouse Grounds, noting a couple of MEADOW PIPIT, a PIED WAGTAIL and at least 7 DUNNOCKS all feeding in the piles of last years discarded Raspberry canes. I also saw the KESTREL pair on the Raspberry support poles, its been a while since they sat there.
Other than that, not much else was achieved today, I did get some poor photo's of the LESSER REDPOLL that came to feed at my garden feeding station, a nice male, with a pink breast, but the light was going by then and I had to take the photo's through the double glazing, making the images look soft, never a good idea!
|Lesser Redpoll, it moved from the trellis.............|
|....to one of my perches, pity it was in front of the green bird table!|
|Better than no photo at all though :-)|
|I got the window open, but the Redpoll flew off, so it was back to the STARLING.........|
|.......................and the GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER|