The walk wasn't a total waste of time though, as I added my old friend the feral BARNACLE GOOSE (59) to the months bird list, it was on the smallest of the three lakes, along with 3 CANADA GEESE and a CORMORANT. The two female GOOSANDER were still on the main lake, and the COOT pair along with the MUTE SWAN pair remain on the ornamental lake, where a KINGFISHER was also seen.
As I walked home across the Ashes lane field, a BUZZARD went low over, and a party of REDWING flew up from an adjacent garden. Not much of a patch visit, but I at least added something to the stalling February bird list, which now stands at 59, the joint seventh highest February total, joint with 2007.
Tomorrows weather looks even worse than todays, so I'll be lucky to get even a short walk out :-(
Late in the afternoon the sky almost completely cleared, leaving some great light for some garden bird photo's, here's a few of the images I took, i'll post the rest tomorrow.
|GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER|