Spits and spots of rain fell throughout my full patch walk this morning, but it was totally windless, making it feel quite warm for the time of year.
By the end of my 3 hour visit, I had tallied up 41 species, but had missed the 2 female and 2 male GOOSANDER (45) on the main lake that were reported to me ( thanks K&A for the record ), just the usual MALLARD and MOORHENS were left by the time I arrived!
I recorded all of those sometimes 'hard to find' species, with the Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods providing the likes of TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, GOLDCREST, BULLFINCH, LONG TAILED TIT, COAL TIT, JAY and STOCK DOVE between them.
Plenty of FIELDFARE and REDWING were scattered around the farmland parts of my patch, with STARLING, BLACKBIRD, MISTLETHRUSH and SONGTHRUSH mixed in with them. There were also small numbers of BLACK HEADED and HERRING GULLS out on the sheep pasture and paddocks at Migrant Alley.
The KESTREL pair were sitting together on one of the Greenhouses, where the only PIED WAGTAIL of the day was also seen, the only other raptor seen today was a BUZZARD that was watched over at Bustard Hill as it hunted for field voles, up above it both SKYLARK and MEADOW PIPIT were heard.
The only flyover species noted today was a GREY HERON!