Monday, 2 February 2015

There was a moderate frost this morning, when it remained virtually windless, sunny and bright for a four hour patch visit.

In the better conditions, most of the expected species that were not seen on yesterdays visit turned up, with JAY (41) and STOCK DOVE (42) being seen in the Wet Woods, they were gratefully added to the months list. A SPARROWHAWK (43) was also added to the the February list when one flew over the frozen lakes, where only a GREY HERON was of any note, the MUTE SWAN pair look to be establishing a nesting territory there now  :-)

A a pair of LITTLE OWLS (44) sat together in the Greenhouse Copse and a YELLOWHAMMER (45) flew over as I walked the short distance to the Greenhouse Grounds, it was here I found two more species for the February list GREY WAGTAIL (46) and PIED WAGTAIL (47), but more of a surprise was finding my first LINNETS (62,48) of the year there too, what a difference a bit of sunshine and calmer weather makes, just 23 more species needed now to set a new February record - some hope!

Mute Swan at the ornamental lake

I spent ages trying to get near enough to photograph the BULLFINCHES that were feeding around the Greenhouse Grounds, but they are just too wary, the above shot was as good as it got today, maybe better luck next time.

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