Winter tried to halt the spring progress today, but made little impression, the wind was keen, and had a northerly element, but once out of it, the sun is high enough in the sky now, to more than offset the chill.
So it was, that I walked to work, cold in the wind and warm in the sun, as I crossed the pasture and paddocks at migrant alley, about 7:10am the winter thrushes were already starting to gather there. I left them to there feeding and walked on through Hadlow College grounds, GOLDCREST, SONGTHRUSH, CHAFFINCH, DUNNOCK and a few more of the resident song birds were in good voice, and made a monday morning a little easier to bear.
On the way back I noticed the pasture and paddocks had emptied, just 20 FEIDFARE flew overhead, someone must have disturbed them! I got in, grabbed a sandwich and a mug of tea, and as I sipped my brew, I looked over the garden and found another (or the same) BRAMBLING, which allowed me to photograph it. Now I had to decide - garden watch or out on the patch. I decided on the latter, but regretted it, the lake and woods were all but empty, and a quick look over at Migrant alley to see if the FIELDFARE had returned was only partly successful, around 150 or so were there but they were a long way off, then a hail shower sent me scuttling back home!
With a couple of hours daylight left, I watched the garden and surrounding area. Of the 10 species seen in the vacinity of, or flying over the garden, were a couple new for the month - 3 LINNET sat in one of the nieghbours trees, and in the distance, over the weald a pair of BUZZARDS soared.