I visited the lakes first thing this morning, finding a CORMORANT and a GREY HERON fishing, as well a KINGFISHER, but no visiting duck species were present. The male KESTREL was hunting over the adjacent Scrubby Woods, which only had 2 BULLFINCH and 4 GOLDCREST of note today.
Heading over to Migrant Alley and the Greenhouse Grounds, I again saw at least 4 MEADOW PIPITS as I walked across the Ashes Lane Fields. The Alder trees at the Greenhouse Grounds were attracting the SISKIN / GOLDFINCH flock still, with around 75 birds present, mostly GOLDFINCHES, but at least 2 LESSER REDPOLL were mixed in with them. Further along, there were a good number of birds attracted to the sun flower hearts I have been putting along the boundary hedgerow, with a dozen each of GREENFINCH and CHAFFINCH, as well as 5 GREAT TITS, 7 BLUE TITS, a DUNNOCK a ROBIN plus 5 YELLOWHAMMERS and a LINNET nearby.
Out on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, there were 187 BLACK HEADED GULLS, careful scanning of of them didn't reveal a Med Gull, but overhead, along with a few HERRING GULLS, my first COMMON GULL (59) of the month was seen flying over. I stayed around the area, mostly sky watching, where I saw the female Kestrel up hunting, plus flyovers from small numbers of SKYLARK, REDWING and FIELDFARE, plus a lone LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL.
This afternoon I spent some time watching my garden bird feeders, 2 NUTHATCH, 2 COAL TIT, and a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were a good start, but the SPARROWHAWK made a return, ending my fun!
I took this shot of the Sprawk through the double glazing, and at a silly ISO of 1600, but the image didn't turn out that bad really! Shame about the large screw by the Sprawks foot, I must remember to impale an apple on that!
I at least opened the window for this Great Spotted Woodpecker image, an ok shot, but some light would make it zing a bit more!