I hadn't recorded much of note, but as I reached the lakes I saw a female GOOSANDER on the main lake, so I set about trying to get some images of it, I hid myself away in the bankside trees waiting for it to swim past within camera range, as I waited I saw a KINGFISHER whiz fast and low over the water :-)
I waited for a good 20 minutes, but the Goosander only came to within around 35 meters.
I took what images I could though, as it's a great species to get on patch
Just as I pressed the shutter button, a male dropped in right behind the female, along with another female, what luck, 3 Goosander!
This shot has been cropped a bit more, but was the very next frame, an 8th of a second on.
As I photographed the male, again at some distance, yet another female splashed in!!
More shots were taken of the three females and the male, when blow me down yet another female splashed in, 5 Goosanders!!
Eventually all 5 birds swam off to a sheltered part of the lake for a snooze and preen :-)
I left the Goosanders to their rest, then walked the scrubby woods, where a few bits and pieces were found, GOLDCREST, NUTHATCH, LONG TAILED TIT, COAL TIT, BULLFINCH, GREEN WOODPECKER, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER and STOCK DOVE being the best of what was seen there.
I made my way across to the Greenhouse Grounds and Migrant Alley, seeing on the way, both a SPARROWHAWK and BUZZARD as I crossed the Ashes Lane Field. I found the LITTLE OWL sitting in the sunshine at its roost in the Greenhouse Copse, but only a single MEADOW PIPIT was of note around the Greenhouses, although I did come across some more Long Tailed Tits there, I took some photo's of them which i'll post tomorrow ;-)
Out on the sheep pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley there was again a large number of birds present, with over a hundred STARLINGS, around 70 WOODPIGEONS, a 100+ mixed corvid flock of JACKDAWS and ROOKS, plus over 120 BLACK HEADED GULLS, which again had a COMMON GULL with them, today 7 HERING GULL had joined them too.
Not a bad visit today, short but interesting, although no new birds were added to the year list, unfortunately.