More heavy rain this morning meant a later patch visit, which was again only a couple of hours in duration due to more hefty showers moving in.
There were a few bits and pieces of interest to be found though, my first CANADA GEESE (59) of the year were seen leaving the lakes as I approached, four or five were just visible through the trees as they flew off. There was also a GREY HERON and a lone male GOOSANDER present along with a few MALLARDS and MOORHENS.
The 3 resident raptor species were all seen hunting, the BUZZARD on the paddocks at Migrant Alley, the male SPARROWHAWK along Ashes Lane, and the female KESTREL at the Greenhouse Grounds, where I saw 6 YELLOWHAMMERS today.
A party of 10-15 SISKINS flew over the Ashes Lane Fields towards the Greenhouses, as did a GREY WAGTAIL, while on the very wet fields themselves 7 MEADOW PIPITS were recorded. It looks so inviting for a Snipe or maybe a Green Sandpiper to be out there in the muddy conditions, fingers crossed!
Still no images possible in this awful weather :-(