After missing visits over the weekend, I met up with Alex the Assistant Warden at the castle this morning and we did a circuit taking in the lake, woods and fields. There were probably 10 each of Wren and Chiffchaff singing this morning, we could hear them from almost every point of the walk, the wood is quite damp so the Wrens do well here. A flock of 8 Linnets were seen in the edge of the mist near the veg. garden and Greenfinch and Goldfinch were both noisy as we walked by the moat, 2 Canada Geese flew through the valley calling as they went before we got to the lake.
At the lake it was again noisy 2 Nuthatches called 2 Greylag Geese were still present and at least 3 Chiffchaff were heard but the short snippet of song that really caught my attention was a BLACKCAP (79), just singing occasionally from the island on the bottom lake. Stephen had heard one on Friday, so this wasn't the first of the year here but still nice to add to the list in March which hasn't always been the case, also on the island was a Bullfinch and Blue Tit. Moving on through the wood we added Marsh Tit, Treecreeper and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Out in the fields, Skylarks were singing, I only heard 1 Yellowhammer today and we stopped to listened to Song Thrush that was close by in stark contrast the 3 Jays that continue to follow each other round the estate! On the way back to the car Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tit and Mistle Thrush all put in an appearance.