I had a 3 hour patch visit this morning, hoping as ever to find something new, but it was down to the regulars to entertain again today. A pair of COMMON BUZZARDS were seen again around the Pub Field and Ashes Lane Fields, the Wet Woods had a small mixed feeding flock, comprising of 2 x TREECREEPER, 2 x LONG TAILED TITS and 2 x GOLDCRESTS, also nearby were a small band of around 15 CHAFFINCHES again.
Long Tailed Tit
Long Tailed Tit, on the lookout!
On the lakes there were just 2 CANADA GEESE visiting today, the regular COOT pair, SWAN pair and a few MALLARDS / MOORHENS were also present. A COAL TIT sang from the Scrubby Woods, where at least 4 BULLFINCH were also seen.
Out the fields adjacent to High House Lane, there was a mixed feeding flock of at least 400 birds, around 250 were FIELDFARE, with over 100 STARLINGS with them and a few REDWING. I decided to try and creep up on some of the winter thrushes to obtain a photo or two, but a SPARROWHAWK had the same idea and beat me to it!! I was a bit annoyed to see all the birds scatter just as I was getting close ;-( I did get a fleeting shot of a Fieldfare as it went over though :-)
It got away, as did all its comrades!
I checked the Greenhouse Copse for the Little Owl but it wasn't there today, the nearby Greenhouse Grounds had a pair of MISTLETHRUSHES, the GREY WAGTAIL and the KESTREL pair of note, but Migrant Alley was devoid of birds today, just a few WOODPIGEONS on the sheep pasture, I wonder what scared off the Black Headed Gull flock that is usually here ?