The last 3 days have seen rain and wind, which has prevented any lengthy patch visits, just short trips to the lakes were made, just in case a duck had been blown my way......it hadn't!
Today was calm and dry though, but it was very dreary and overcast, this at least gave me a chance to do a full patch walk, but in the 4 hour visit a measly tally of just 39 species were found, mainly due to a very disturbed patch. I did at least add LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL (60) to the months bird list, one flew over Migrant Alley, along with a few HERRING GULLS and BLACK HEADED GULLS, a RING NECKED PARAKEET also flew over, calling noisily as it went.
Just MALLARDS and MOORHENS were present on the lakes, where a CORMORANT circled round, but thought better of alighting on the water.
Just Coal Tit and Stock Dove were missing from my usual list of Woodland Species, GOLDCREST, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH, LONG TAILED TIT, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER, MISTLETHRUSH and SONGTHRUSH were the best of what was found in the Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods.
Both REDWING and FIELDFARE were seen at the Small Holding Area in small numbers, then along High House Lane a YELLOWHAMMER was seen atop a large poplar tree.
A BUZZARD flew into the Greenhouse Copse, but was the only raptor seen
today, the Kestrels had moved elsewhere due to a work crew being at
their usual greenhouse haunt.
No chance of any photo's today, as always at this time of year, good light is at a premium!