I had the pleasant company of fellow birders / photographers, Moi and John Hicks for my patch visit today. I showed them round various parts of my patch, first off, the Ashes Lane Fields were visited, where hundreds of FIELDFARE and STARLING were watched on the pasture, but very few REDWINGS were seen among them.
A BUZZARD was picked out as we approached Migrant Alley, then out on the sheep pasture and paddocks we came across the large BLACK HEADED GULL flock, but only a COMMON GULL was picked out among them. A few images were taken of the SISKINS as we passed the Greenhouse Grounds, where we saw both the male and female KESTRELS up on the Greenhouses, at one point mating was observed.
Heading over to the lakes via the Small Holding, SKYLARK was heard singing up high and a YELLOWHAMMER called as it flew over. The Wet Woods had a few GOLDCRESTS and a singing COAL TIT, plus NUTHATCH and TREECREEPER were heard.
There were patches of thin ice on the lakes, but the highlight of the day (for me at least) was seen on the main lake - a drake TEAL (68,62) - at last the year list gets incremented! There was also a CANADA GOOSE and a few MALLARDS on the main lake, plus the MUTE SWAN pair and the COOT remain on the ornamental lake, just a few MOORHENS were on the small lake.
We made our way back home shortly after, as I had promised Moi a photographic session with the birds at my garden feeders, where both she and John filled their boots with LESSER REDPOLL, Siskin, and Nuthatch images :-)
Here's a few of my garden bird efforts taken later in the day :-)
Long Tailed Tit