I spent 4 hours out, and found 45 species, which is around average for a March day, although none were new to the months or year list. I made my way over to the lakes first thing to see if I could find the Water Rail that was reported in a nearby garden yesterday, but despite getting there early and spending an hour watching and waiting I had no luck :-( Whilst I waited I heard and saw plenty of local species, BULLFINCH, NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, SISKIN, GREAT SPOTTED and GREEN WOODPECKERS, GOLDCREST and LONG TAILED TIT all put in an appearance, while overhead a small flock of FIELDFARE headed North East.
After my fruitless vigil I had a walk through the Scrubby Woods, where I came across a mix of species all alarming at something in a row of tall leyandi type trees, CHAFFINCH, MISTLETHRUSH, SONGTHRUSH, BLACKBIRD and even a Goldcrest were all getting very agitated at the presence of a probable Tawny owl, I looked for ages but couldn't see it, a pity as I haven't yet added one to the year list!
A check of the lakes was not too rewarding, just the MALLARDS, MOORHENS, and MUTE SWANS as usual, but the other regulars, the COOT pair, had been joined by a third bird, 3 Coot on these lakes is exceptional!
|Mallard, this was one of a pair at a large puddle by the Greenhouse Copse|
|Blackbird at the Greenhouse Grounds|
By mid day the sunshine was over and the cloud streamed in, but not before I got a few shots of the Bumble Bees on my garden Crocus'. Up to 8 Siskin are still at my garden feeders, plus the male LESSER REDPOLL, but it was too dull for any successful photo's of them :-(