There were a few bits of interest about though, a TREECREEPER called from the Wet Woods, where about 15 CHAFFINCHES flew up from the leaf litter, I checked through the ones I could see for the possible Brambling, but of course it wasn't with them!
The lone COOT and MUTE SWAN pair were on the Ornamental lake, a BUZZARD flew over the Ashes Lane Field, very low, as it did yesterday, but again, it was mostly ignored by the half dozen REDWING and MISTLETHRUSH pair that were there.
The female KESTREL was at the Greenhouse Grounds, as was the GREY WAGTAIL, plus in the Greenhouse Copse the LITTLE OWL was seen, the first time since the 22nd. Out on the sheep pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley there were 57 BLACK HEADED GULLS, 3 COMMON GULLS, plus the regular ROOKS, JACKDAWS and WOODPIGEONS, but also, there was a mixed flock of STARLING, Redwing, and FIELDFARE numbering around 120 birds in all, hard to say how many of each due to the gloom and continual moving of the feeding flock.
So the month has ended on a total of 61 species and for the first January ever, does not contain Siskin! The combined species list for the previous 13 Januaries is 84, so there were quite a few more species that could well of been expected to be recorded, especially the likes of Lesser Redpoll, Mandarin Duck, Reed Bunting, Snipe and Linnet.
The 14 year mean average species total for January is 61, so I at least reached that, but the mean average species count for the previous 5 Januaries is 65. January 2015 has the lowest species tally since 2007, which had 57.
Just a few ROBIN images left in the blog folder now, hopefully the sun will return for next month!