I was out for over 6 hours today, carrying out a full patch walk, which yielded me very good tally of 46 species, unfortunately none were new for the month or year list though.
I was pleased to see the COOT at the ornamental lake has found itself a mate, hopefully breeding will take place again this year, nothing else much of note was on the water, though 7 CANADA GEESE were visiting.
The Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods were filled with song and spring calls today, with CHAFFINCH, GREENFINCH, GREAT TIT, NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, SONGTHRUSH, BLACKBIRD, MISTLETHRUSH, STOCK DOVE, GREEN WOODPECKER, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, WREN, ROBIN and DUNNOCK all calling or singing, only Coal Tit was not recorded, but the two - three pairs on my patch were probably about somewhere.
I also saw the GREY WAGTAIL in the Wet Woods and spent 40 minutes trying to photograph it in the difficult dappled light, not the best results but ok to look at :-)
Grey Wagtail in the Wet Woods
When the Grey Wag crossed into the dappled sunlight, it glowed like a yellow light, over exposing all my shots!
Even with the exposure compensation at -1 the shots came out over exposed :-(
Moving onto the fields and farmland there were still plenty of FIELDFARE moving around, with smaller numbers of REDWING. There were 15 MEADOW PIPITS that had returned to the Ashes Lane Field, at one pint being chased by the male SPARROWHAWK. The KESTREL pair were at their usual place - the Greenhouse Grounds, where I also saw a pair of BULLFINCHES and four LONG TAILED TITS. The LITTLE OWL was in the Greenhouse Copse, but out on the sheep pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley only 2 COMMON GULLS were of much interest, the only BLACK HEADED GULLS and HERRING GULLS today involved a few flyovers, other flyovers seen included SKYLARK, YELLOWHAMMER, PIED WAGTAIL and at least 3 different BUZZARDS.
I spent most of this afternoon trying to get some garden bird images to brighten future blog posts, which I succeeded in doing, with some shots of the COAL TIT which was missing on this mornings walk, as well as some of the other regulars, which should keep the blog posts illustrated ;-)