Dull and dreary here again, but the wind was slightly less and it remains warm for the time of year.
I carried out a full patch walk this morning, during which, I recorded 48 bird species, an excellent tally for December, especially as I missed Redwing, Treecreeper and Coal Tit, I'm sure they were all out there somewhere!
Five new species were found for the December list, with both LINNET (50) and REED BUNTING (51) being seen, both scarce species for December, the latter especially so, they were with the GOLDFINCHES, GREENFINCHES, CHAFFINCHES, LESSER REDPOLLS and SISKINS at the Greenhouse Grounds, where the CHIFFCHAFF was seen again, plus 5 YELLOWHAMMERS of note. Alas, I failed to find the Brambling there today, but there were a lot of birds about, so it could have been missed if it was there!
I watched the female KESTREL hunting at the front of the Greenhouse Grounds, then, as usual, I checked the small butile lined reservoir for the GREY WAGTAIL, which was indeed resident there, more of a surprise though was a lone LAPWING (52) !
The fourth new species for the month was GREYLAG GOOSE (53) two of which flew over the Ashes Lane Fields whilst I was trying to ascertain the number of MEADOW PIPITS present there - probably 6 were :-)
The COOT remains at the lakes, as does the KINGFISHER, nothing else of note was there though. The Scrubby Woods, Wet Woods and Small Holding Area were given a good look through, where the best of the species found were :-
FIELDFARE, SONGTHRUSH, MISTLETHRUSH, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER, NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH, GOLDCREST, BUZZARD, LONG TAILED TIT, and JAY.
A check of 'Bustard Hill', for the first SKYLARK (54) of the month proved successful, but just one was heard calling.
A species rich visit today then, and a very enjoyable one, despite having to witness a class of primary school kids ''tidying'' the Greenhouse Copse, there goes the field layer and dead wood :-(
Back home, my garden feeders were brimming with birds, I tallied up 21 species in all, which in part was due to the Sparrowhawk not visiting at all this afternoon. The best of the species were at least 10 Lesser Redpoll, a Songthrush, 2 COAL TITS, a WREN, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a flock of at least 6 Long Tailed Tits, 2 JACKDAWS ( not a common visitor ) and best of all a male BLACKCAP (55) to add to the December patch list, the only downside was not a single House Sparrow visited :-(
No photo's today, nothing left in the 'blog folder' :-(