The only gold at the end of the rainbow were GOLDFINCHES at the Greenhouse Grounds
During my two hour walk today I visited the Greenhouse Grounds, Migrant Alley and the lakes, with short visits to the Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods. The Greenhouse Grounds had a flock of 15-20 LESSER REDPOLLS still knocking around the area, with them were a few CHAFFINCH and Goldfinch. There were 6 YELLOWHAMMERS present again in the rough grass area adjacent to the Greenhouse Grounds and the Greenhouse Copse.
Looking out over the sheep pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley, it was once again a case of scanning through the 100+ BLACK HEADED GULLS, but just HERRING GULLS were found among them today. A flock of 50-70 STARLINGS was also on the pasture, along with a few ROOKS, JACKDAWS, CARRION CROWS and WOODPIGEONS, it was nice to see a couple of SKYLARKS about the place too.
Crossing the Ashes Lane Field, en route to the Lakes, at least 15 MEADOW PIPITS were seen, along with a SONGTHRUSH that song lustily from an Oak tree.
Songthrush. The contrast in the mornings weather can be seen clearly here, lovely blue sky!
Just a CORMORANT and a GREY HERON were of note on the lakes when I arrived, then a quick look through the Scrubby Woods and Wet Woods provided views of LONG TAILED TIT, COAL TIT, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, GOLDCRESTS, BULLFINCH, JAY, GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, plus song from MISTLETHRUSH and STOCK DOVE, this despite the work crew that were slashing, chainsawing and burning in a part of the Wet Woods - oops- I mean tidy up those nasty pieces of dead wood and decaying tree trunks :-)