Yesterday Evening I added TAWNY OWL (53) to the March list, one was heard calling from over at the Wet Woods as I listened from my upstairs window :-)
I did a four and a half hour full patch walk today, finding a very good total of 50 bird species, but inexplicably Great Spotted Woodpecker wasn't on the list, most unusual to not see one, or at least hear one!
Although no more species were added to the March list, there was plenty to see, the three regular raptor species were all up hunting, they being BUZZARD, KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK. Four Gull species were on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley - HERRING GULL, BLACK HEADED GULL, COMMON GULL and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL. A couple of SISKINS had returned to the Alder Trees at the Greenhouse Grounds and the LESSER REDPOLLS were again seen at the Small Holding area.
On the lakes there were CANADA GEESE, GREYLAG GEESE, MALLARDS, MOORHENS and both the COOT pair and MUTE SWAN pair, the latter have built a nest on one of the islands, maybe I was wrong thinking the habitat was not good enough to find food to bring up a brood ? Although they are receiving supplementary feeding from the nearby owners of the large house. A KINGFISHER was a bonus sighting on the main lake :-)
All the scarce and common woodland species turned out today, apart from the Great Spotted Woodpecker that is, with GOLDCREST, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, STOCK DOVE, BULLFINCH, JAY, GREEN WOODPECKER and SONGTHRUSH being the pick of what was in the Scrubby Woods and Wet Woods, even the PHEASANT turned up in the latter :-)
The FIELDFARE flock was feeding on the Ashes Lane Fields, along with just 2 REDWING, plus a lone MISTLETHRUSH was with them.
Flyovers were had from another 5 Canada Geese, another Mute Swan, a YELLOWHAMMER, 2 PIED WAGTAILS and 2 SKYLARKS.
Not much light or opportunity to get photo's out on my patch today, so I got a couple of images from the usual suspects at my garden feeding station, like this WREN.
up to 6 SISKINS are mingling in with the dozen Lesser Redpolls, here;s the male.
Here's a female