I made the most of the early sunshine, undertaking a full patch walk, in which I recorded a below par 40 bird species. It was disappointing not to have recorded Fieldfare, Redwing or Mistlethrush, as it was Treecreeper and Coal Tit, all which could have been reasonably expected.
Once again the highlight of the walk was the visit to the Greenhouse Grounds, where the mixed finch species of SISKIN, GOLDFINCH, GREENFINCH, CHAFFINCH, LESSER REDPOLL, LINNET and YELLOWHAMMER were all busy feeding on the weed seeds and Alder Trees, in all I reckon there were around 100 birds present.
Flyovers were had from SKYLARK, PIED WAGTAIL, HERRING GULL, BLACK HEADED GULL, COMMON GULL and BUZZARD, the only other raptor today was the female KESTREL which hunted around the Greenhouse Grounds.
Other bits of note were, half a dozen MEADOW PIPITS at the Ashes Lane Fields, plus the regulars of NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH, GOLDCREST, SONGTHRUSH, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER, JAY and LONG TAILED TIT which were all seen as I walked the Small Holding area, Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods.
The lakes were home to just the usual few MALLARD and MOORHEN, the only visitor there today being a GREY HERON.
I managed to get a few more Lesser Redpoll images, I reckon I can get better ones though, as these were taken as it started to rain!
Later in the afternoon the sun returned sporadically, allowing me to take some garden bird photo's, the SPARROWHAWK kept things pretty quiet though, but I did get a few ''blog brighteners'' for future posts :-)