Sunday, 20 January 2013
A walk with Bec in the steady snowfall did produce a few bits and pieces. Just before we left 65 LAPWINGS flew south. The orchards held the usual FIELDFARES and half a dozen REDPOLLS. A MARSH TIT was on the edge of Bull and Birches feeding with BLUE and GREAT TITS and a KESTREL sat on the edge of Roundshill Wood. A GREEN WOODPECKER sat motionless on a fence post close to Park Field. The lake was unsurprisingly frozen but a year tick flew up out of the reeds in the form of a LITTLE EGRET (56), the first this winter, normally they arrive around September or October. The fields were quiet, a couple of YELLOWHAMMERS called and a REED BUNTING showed briefly in a hedge as a BULLFINCH flew along it. A few COMMON GULLS drifted around the area and a couple of NUTHATCH called as we made our way passed the office buildings. Now I'm just looking forward to the next walk!