I spent 3 hours out on my patch today, where I was pleased to add LAPWING (60) to my Year/Month list, 2 were seen out on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, mixed in with around 60 BLACK HEADED GULLS a couple of COMMON GULLS and a lone MEDITERRANEAN GULL. The January tally is now just 4 species off the average tally for the previous 5 Januaries and has reached the joint 9th best species total out of 15.
Other highlights for my walk included a flock of over 300 STARLINGS that fed on one of the Ashes lane Fields, with them were 30 or so FIELDFARE, 2 REDWING, 2 SONGTHRUSH and a MISTLETHRUSH, plus the usual half dozen MEADOW PIPITS were on the adjacent field.
Nuthatch ( from my Garden)
A lone CANADA GOOSE was the only visitor to the lakes, just the second record of this species for this January. A flock of 15 SISKIN were in the Scrubby Woods, along with TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH and COAL TIT.
Coal Tit ( Again, from my garden )
Coal Tit - (Another one from my garden)
The regular 3 raptor species were all seen up hunting, 2 BUZZARDS over the Wet Woods, a SPARROWHAWK at the Small Holding area, and the good old female KESTREL at the Greenhouse Grounds, where I also recorded a GREY WAGTAIL and 4 LESSER REDPOLL, only 4, as the other dozen or so were at my garden feeders !
The female KESTREL, as obliging as ever :-)