Just after dawn this morning, the few clouds in the sky were of course the ones obscuring the sun!
SPARROWHAWK, not seen on my full patch walk, but this fine male specimen turned up at my garden feeding station. Another of those ''through the double glazing shots' !
Of the species I did encounter today, the undoubted highlight was glimpsing a LITTLE GREBE (61) as it dabbled among the overhanging branches on the main lake, but I soon lost it to view. This is a real bonus species for my year list, a rare bird on my patch! The only other birds seen on the lakes were the usual MALLARD and MOORHEN.
Mallards on the icy ornamental lake this morning.
The Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods yielded what was as expected, but it was good to also see a few LONG TAILED TITS in the Wet Woods, they have been absent for a while, plus the likes of GOLDCREST, COAL TIT, SISKIN, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH, JAY, STOCK DOVE and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were all seen as well.
Goldcrest in the Scrubby Woods
There were far fewer STARLINGS out on the pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley and the Ashes lane Fields, just a few dozen, where the FIELDFARE and REDWING only numbered a dozen between them, there was however a decent size flock of 100+ BLACK HEADED GULLS at Migrant Alley, with them were the MEDITERRANEAN GULL, plus a few HERRING GULLS and a 4 COMMON GULLS.
The only raptor seen on the visit was a flyover BUZZARD, the only other noteworthy flyovers today came from a single YELLOWHAMMER and 23 GREYLAG GEESE.
In one of the more sunnier moments, this SONGTHRUSH was belting out its song!