I checked the lakes, the Scrubby Woods and the Wet Woods, finding the usual species on the water at the lakes, those being MUTE SWAN, which appeared to be on a nest, COOT, MALLARD and MOORHEN, also a pair of CANADA GEESE visited. COAL TIT, NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH, GOLDCREST, LONG TAILED TIT, GREAT SPOTTED and GREEN WOODPECKERS were the best of it from the wooded areas, until I heard the strange call of MANDARIN DUCK above me in the Wet Woods, I looked up and watched a pair fly from the top of an Oak tree!
Crossing the Ashes Lane Field, there were at least 40 REDWINGS, 50 STARLINGS, a MISTLETHRUSH pair and a lone FIELDFARE, it wont be long before the winter thrushes leave my patch now to head back north.
I made my way over to Migrant Alley, where I might just pick up an early Wheatear on the paddocks, but as I arrived so did a couple of tractors with the attended students, I just had time to scan through the BLACK HEADED GULL flock before they all got flushed off, only finding an immature HERRING GULL among them, it was pointless doing a circuit of the fields after that.
View looking north from Migrant Alley
As I sat at my seat I looked along the adjacent hedgerow, which looked sad and battered, at least it gives a clear view all the way along it just in case something was perched up.
Hedgerow - Hadlow style!
I heard a few passerines flying over whilst doing my skywatch, these included MEADOW PIPIT, YELLOWHAMMER and PIED WAGTAIL, also I had a pair of BUZZARDS flyover quite low.
The KESTREL pair were up hunting around the Greenhouse Grounds, but there was no sign of the Little Owls at the Greenhouse Copse today.