Tuesday, 5 April 2011
A really fleeting visit this morning, I arrived at 7.10am and left at 7.30am but still it was reasonably busy considering there was quite a cool wind and a little light drizzle. There were 2 BULLFINCHES in one of the middle hedges in the car park and as if to confirm the very slightly wintery feel 2 FIELDFARES flew south west. I could hear both CHIFFCHAFF and BLACKCAP as I walked to have a look where the Hoopoe had been, with shoulders drooped!! I could hear MANDARINS calling, possibly from the Park Field or over the wood. A GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER was in trees close to the veg garden and I added House Sparrow and Starling as I left the car park. A look across the valley produced STOCK DOVE, 2 GOLDFINCH, 2 HERRING GULLS again flying south west. A SONG THRUSH was in the bottom of a nearby hedge and the ploughed and planted fields held in excess of 150 Corvids. As I drove back to the main road a YELLOWHAMMER took off from a hedge bordering the Park Field.