Cold and Frosty
The lakes were frozen over, apart from a small area on the ornamental lake that the MUTE SWAN family had made, this being utilised by a dozen MALLARD, a MOORHEN and the COOT pair.
BULLFINCH and NUTHATCH were the best of it in the Scrubby Woods, I'm still hoping to find a Woodcock here for the months list, time is running out though!
Crossing a very frosty Ashes Lane Field I saw a BUZZARD fly low over and alight in a small Oak Tree on the boundary, just 2 MEADOW PIPITS were seen on the grassland, the rest were found over at the Greenhouse Grounds where they mixed with a few PIED WAGTAILS and a GREY WAGTAIL, a good patch bird to find in any month. The female KESTREL was also seen, she posed for a couple of photo's, of which i'll post later in the week :-)
The Greenhouse Copse was home to the LITTLE OWL again and as I photographed it a party of 5 YELLOWHAMMER flew over, a CORMORANT was also seen going over a bit later, as well as a few BLACK HEADED and HERRING GULLS, the former coming in to feed on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, along with the arriving STARLINGS and ROOKS.
Black headed Gull
Little Owl in the Greenhouse Copse
The habitat devastation continues here, 20 mature Poplar trees have been chopped down. I used to watch the winter thrushes gathering at the tops of these before they dropped down to feed on the fields, nice hedgerow in the background too................NOT!!