I made a circuit of the paddocks and sheep pasture but found absolutely nothing :-( Even the Black Headed Gulls had moved elsewhere, I suppose it's still a bit early yet for most of the passage birds though.
Getting wetter by the minute, I decided to have a quick look over at the lakes, barely finding any birds on the way, not even the Little Owl was in the old shack, I did see the SPARROWHAWK up high though.
On the lakes there were 4 CANADA GEESE with the resident nesting pair, 2 GREYLAG GEESE, the MUTE SWAN and COOT pair, plus the usual scattering of MALLARDS and MOORHENS, nothing unusual. A REDWING called from a bankside tree, it could be a last sighting date of this species for the winter, as it was in 2008/09, in 2011/12 the the last Redwing sighting was on the 24th March, so a note was made ;-)
Very little was seen or heard in the Scrubby Woods or the Wet Woods, the rain kept singing to a minimum, most of it being done by CHIFFCHAFFS, however a GOLDCREST also sang and a NUTHATCH called, two species that I didn't find in yesterdays sunshine!
After just two hours I headed home, a BUZZARD was soaring over the Wet Woods as I looked back, and the SKYLARK I photographed yesterday was on the same perch, but I wasn't seeing much else at all. It must have been poor out there, as I spent the rest of the morning at home cleaning the oven and grill!!!!!
Nothing for the camera today in the poor conditions, so here's a few images taken here over the past week.
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