At last a bit of decent weather! The walk home, saw the FIELDFARE and REDWING at migrant alley a little thinned out, but still a few hundred birds. A line of some 50 ROOKS sat on the power cables above, the same ones I had seen at 7:15 this morning, swirling around with a gathering of JACKDAW, they had just left their roost and were coming in to feed on the paddocks.
Afer lunch, a walk around the tree nursery, through the waterlogged woods and onto the lake area, was very enjoyable. Nothing was seen out of the ordinary, a GREY HERON, and the LITTLE GREBE were on the lake, 4 TEAL were in the woods, where I noticed that the bluebells had started to come through already. There again were good numbers of GOLDCREST, some in song, others calling. COAL TITS also called in the scrubby orchard beside the lake. It was just one of those afternoons when it was good to be out, and feeling that spring was stirring. When I got home I looked out of the usual bird spotting window, and saw at least 25 LINNETS in a neighbours willow tree. A good number for january, I must find out where they are feeding, there is sure to be a Redpoll not far from them!!
The Tree Nursery. Not very Good Habitat For Wildlife, With Its Regimented Rows Of Trees, and the Herbecide - sprayed Ground Below.