I carried out a four and a half hour full patch walk and managed to winkle out 42 species, but it was hard going at times, lots of the habitats here were almost birdless. Highlights were few, but I did get to add TREECREEPER (53) to the months / years list, just one was seen in the Scrubby Woods, where LONG TAILED TIT, NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, GOLDCREST and BULLFINCH were also found.
The immature Mute Swan was not on any of the lakes this morning, hopefully it is safe somewhere else and will come back to visit, helping prop up my months lists! Just the COOT pair, plus a few MOORHENS and 18 MALLARDS were left on the water.
Not much else to get too excited about this morning, a BUZZARD was being chased by a KESTREL over at the arable fields adjacent to High House Lane, it was possibly a third Kestrel, as the ''patch pair'' were seen at the Greenhouse grounds later in the walk, where a GREY WAGTAIL and at least a dozen Meadow PIPITS were good January patch records. The LITTLE OWL was in the Greenhouse Copse, and half a dozen REDWING were again seen on the floor of the copse, flitting amongst the leaf litter, the only FIELDFARE seen were a few small parties of no more than 4-6 birds that flew over. Still no Mistlethrush for the year yet and I'm wondering where the Sparrowhawks are, not even had one at my garden feeders this year yet, not a bad thing really :-)