A few of the species not seen on yesterdays full patch walk turned up this morning, flyovers from a single SKYLARK, single YELLOWHAMMER, a group of 4 CORMORANTS, and a mixed flock of around 8 REDWING and 14 FIELDFARE would have bolstered yesterdays list, as would have the COAL TITS that were seen with a flock of around 8 LONG TAILED TITS, that were in the Scrubby Woods. It was as I watched the mixed feeding flock that I heard them all break into an alarm call, I looked up and about, but couldn't see any danger for them, but then within a few seconds a SPARROWHAWK flew through, how on earth did they know that was coming!
Over on the lakes a bit of a change was seeing 2 female GOOSANDER on the main lake, whilst the ornamental lake was hosting the usual COOT pair, MALLARDS and MOORHENS, but only the immature MUTE SWAN was present with them today.
8 MEADOW PIPITS were at the Greenhouse Grounds, making occasional forays out onto the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, the KESTREL pair were on the Greenhouses and a third bird was seen in the distance, up hunting over the Pub Field. The pair of LITTLE OWLS were sitting hunched up together on a favoured branch at the Greenhouse Copse, a pair of PHEASANTS and 3 GREEN WOODPECKERS were also seen in the copse. As I walked back through the Greenhouse Grounds a pair of BULLFINCH were seen, plus 3 SONGTHRUSH fed on the very water logged ground.
Still no addition to the December list, but i'm hopeful of seeing a flyover Lapwing or Greylag Goose before the month ends, or maybe even a Snipe if the weather turns a bit colder :-)
These are the Little Owl images I took yesterday, plus a ROBIN that was begging to be Photographed!
Almost a clear view of it!