|Chaffinch - female|
In the wood JAY calls seemed to be all around but they remained at a distance, COAL TITS were chasing eachother around and a couple of GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS drummed. I looked for Snipe but failed as the boggy area was pretty much completely frozen over as was most of the lake and the small stream that runs behind it!!
|There was just a small area of water free of ice|
A KESTREL was by the lake, the first for a while and 2 MANDARIN flew over it. Out in the fields there were at least 50 SKYLARK, just 2 LAPWING!!, 10+ REED BUNTINGS and good numbers of YELLOWHAMMERS again. A LITTLE EGRET was perched in an Oak by the Hammer stream. 44 species this morning was pleasing, shame I missed the big numbers of Lapwing but I enjoyed watching a Blue Tit picking at the Bullrushes for nesting material!!