On a three hour patch visit, my quest to find a new species to add to the year / month list, again ended in failure, but I did find a few good patch birds in the process.
The lakes featured highly today, with 5 CANADA GEESE present, as well as 2 male GOOSANDER ( a female joined them later in the afternoon, as reported to me by a fellow birder, trespassing on my patch!) A lone COOT was also seen and a CORMORANT threatened to drop in but thought better of it, the usual MALLARDS and MOORHENS made up for what was an unusually busy time on the normally baron lakes!
Out on the blustery sheep pasture at the Ashes Lane Fields, the dozen MEADOW PIPITS sprang up, gave their ''seep seep'' call, then dropped back down again, plus a BUZZARD flew low over.
There was much disturbance at the Greenhouse Grounds, the adjacent Greenhouse Copse and Migrant Alley, so little of note was found, apart from 5 SKYLARK that got flushed up, not seen that many here for some while and wont again now I suppose!
Reduced to a bit of sky watching, I took up my seat and hoped for something special to fly over, but in the end had to make do with a few BLACK HEADED and HERRING GULLS, plus singles of GREYLAG GOOSE and YELLOWHAMMER, not very exciting!
I kept a few images back from yesterdays patch visit, knowing today would be rubbish camera weather........................
Meadow Pipit, on a battered hedgerow