|I forgot I took this pic. on Sunday! the finished pond including water :-)|
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
I was at the castle for 7.30am, there was a light frost with small patches of white on a few scattered areas, apart from being cooler than of late it was looking like it was going to be a nice bright day. The first stirrings I heard, along with the BLACKBIRDS and ROBINS, were a few GOLDFINCHES in the hedge chattering away to themselves. A few FIELDFARES went over and 15 flew up from the hedge by the veg garden, followed by a couple PIED WAGTAILS from the field behind the hedge. REDPOLLS were buzzing overhead and just a single LINNET called as it went over. As I made my way to the lake, a scan across the valley produced 3 COMMON GULLS and a BLACK HEADED GULL over the fields, a KESTREL hovered a couple of times lit by the early rays of sun. The lake appeared empty but a fleet footed bird ran for cover in the reeds, just giving me enough time to pick out a longish bill and a white undertail, it was nice to see the WATER RAIL back, hopefully it will give a few better views over the course of the winter. With only 40 minutes available for the whole visit I headed back, there were now another 16 BLACK HEADED GULLS over the fields and 2 TREECREEPERS shot across in front me by the moat. 34 species for the walk was again satisfying as I wasn't sure if I would get out at all today.