Leaving the house I barely had time to look up from my note book as I scribbled in everything I heard, WOODPIGEON, HOUSE SPARROW, WREN, SONGTHRUSH, GOLDFINCH, JACKDAW, ROBIN, GREENFINCH, BLUE TIT, MAGPIE, BLACKBIRD, DUNNOCK, GREAT TIT, CHAFFINCH, CARRION CROW, MISTLETHRUSH and COLLARED DOVE were active along Ashes Lane.
The LITTLE OWL was at the old shack in the Ashes Lane Field, and both GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER and GREEN WODPECKER were heard as I crossed the field.
Over at the Lakes, the MUTE SWAN pair were again obvious on the ornamental lake, as were the COOT pair with them, and once again a third Coot was seen on the small lake, where 17 CANADA GOOSE were with the feral BARNACLE GOOSE, but best of all the first GOOSANDER (57) of March was also present, a splendid male. The main lake had just a few MOORHEN and MALLARDS on it, with another 4 CANADA GEESE, a GREY HERON looked on from the top of a bankside tree.
I again had a look to see if the Water Rail could be found, but it wasn't, just a couple of Moorhen were seen....
|Not quite a water Rail!|
Out on the Fields it was mostly quiet bird wise, but the warm sunshine was enjoyed, flyovers from GREYLAG GOOSE, HERRING GULL, and BLACK HEADED GULL were noted as I made my way to the Greenhouse Grounds. Here there were 10 MEADOW PIPITS, 3 LINNETS, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, a JAY, and the KESTREL pair of note. The LITTLE OWL was again in the Greenhouse Copse, as were 2 COMMON BUZZARDS, one of which had alighted in a tree with a Magpie nest in it, which caused much arguing to break out :-)