I found 41 species today, 2 less than yesterday, but there were a few species found this morning that weren't on yesterdays list, the first of those was a GREY HERON that flew over, the second were 13 FIELDFARE that did likewise just moments later.
On the lakes the first CANADA GEESE to turn up on a full patch walk since the 11th November were found, 8 of them were on the small lake. I then had some excitement, as I scanned the ornamental lake for the KINGFISHER I had heard, a female TEAL (69) was seen, it did a circuit of the lake before flying off Westwards, an excellent species to grace the months patch list and the one that makes it a record breaking November :-)
I located LONG TAILED TIT, COAL TIT, GOLDCREST, TREECREEPER and BULLFINCH in the Scrubby Woods, but no Nuthatch were found. JAY, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, and GREEN WOODPECKER called from within the Wet Woods.
The Ashes Lane Field had an increase in MEADOW PIPITS, with 15 being seen, and the Greenhouse Grounds had the KESTREL pair hunting around them. A short skywatch in some very pleasant sunshine was at first not very productive, with just a few HERRING GULLS, BLACK HEADED GULLS, a YELLOWHAMMER and the local WOODPIGEONS and Corvids the only species seen, but I was very pleased to hear, then see, my first LAPWING (70) of the month fly over, another addition to the already record breaking month! 70 species for November is exceptional for here and there is still another patch visit to come!
I even took a few photo's today, just garden visitors :-)
Great Spotted Woodpecker
GREENFINCH. Not had one of these on a full patch walk since November the 4th.