Not a great deal was visible or audible above the roar of the wind as I walked over the Ashes lane Field, just a few MAGPIES were seen, the puddles of water grow ever larger here now, I'll soon be getting Mallards on them if this rain keeps up!
Walking round the main lake it was a relief to have some cover from the wind, but I wondered if I should have bothered to go out at all, when the lakes only provided me with the usual MUTE SWAN and COOT pair, a dozen MALLARD, 6 MOORHEN and the KINGFISHER, although a few minutes after arriving the 3 CANADA GEESE and the BARNACLE GEESE flew in, alighting on the main lake.
The only birds I heard above the clattering tree branches were a MISTELTHRUSH that sang from the top most branches of an Oak, seemingly oblivious to the gale, plus a GOLDCREST and a COAL TIT that both sang from just above my head in a fir tree.
Against my better judgement I made my way over to the open fields of Migrant Alley, where the wind whipped across the pasture and paddocks. There were about 60 gulls on the pasture, most were HERRING GULLS of mixed ages, but there were also 4 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS and about a dozen BLACK HEADED GULLS too. I soon took what shelter I could find over at the Greenhouse Grounds, where a LITTLE OWL was seen in the line of Alders, no doubt one of the pair from the Greenhouse Copse, I had the mobbing BLACKBIRDS, CHAFFINCH'S and DUNNOCKS to thank for pointing it out to me!
I held out for just another half hour, watching over the pasture, I saw at least 8 MEADOW PIPITS battling against the wind before dropping down again, also two SKYLARK got up and started singing, they were certainly more cheery than I was!
This afternoon the rain arrived in a gale blown torrent, more mud and puddles for tomorrows visit :-(
Images today are from the garden again..................only the same old stuff, these were taken earlier this week.