I did get to increment the year list by one today, when a skein of 34 GREYLAG GEESE (56) flew over, well I did end my last post by asking for any kind of goose.........now what about a Waxwing :-)
Other notable patch birds seen today; a single flyover YELLOWHAMMER, 8 flyover FIELDFARE, 17 MEADOW PIPITS at the Greenhouse Grounds, the KESTREL pair also at the Greenhouse Grounds, a single BUZZARD over the Wet Woods, NUTHATCH, GOLDCREST, TREECREEPER, REDWING, JAY, GREEN WOODPECKER, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER and a singing MISTLETHRUSH at the Scrubby Woods, plus a KINGFISHER on the nearby main lake, with the COOT pair and immature MUTE SWAN on the adjacent ornamental lake.
The year list is already falling behind last year, which by this date I had 59 species, this is mostly due to the lack of winter birds, where are all the Siskin and Redpoll this year ?
A few fleeting glimpses of the sun early on this afternoon gave me a chance to photograph the Nuthatch's at my garden feeders, but the Great Spotted Woodpeckers arrived as the sun went back in, I took some photo's of one anyway :-)
Great Spotted Woodpecker