In Area 5 the morning sun, got the birds singing. The song of the Dunnock is a hidden treasure. This small, brown and grey bird delivers a quick, delicate, scratchy chorus.Also singing were Song Thrush , Blackbird and Robin .
At around 07:00 today and yesterday a small group of Canada Geese flew over Area 5 heading S calling.
In Area 4 this morning over Paul Bright Thomas's garden were 2 Herring Gull heading SW and 2 Cormorrant heading NW. 2 Canada Geese flew in from Area 5 circled the Area 4 Balancing pond and then headed off E calling.
Seen by Paul Bright Thomas were 2 Egyptian Geese flying NE over Area 4.
A solitary Common Gull Area 4 seen by Paul Bright Thomas.
Seen from his Area 4 garden a Little Egret was seen flying at tree top height along the Emm , toward the Balancing Pond by Paul Bright Thomas. Also seen were 12 Magpie together.
Waking up early I sat in my Area 5 garden at 06:30 with a cup of tea and was treated to the spring dawn chorus. At least 2 Song Thrush were singing against each other,a Blackbird and Robin were also joining in. As it got light Wood Pigeon were showing off their display flight. During spring, male Woodpigeons perform display flights to advertise their breeding territories. Individuals soar steeply upwards, sometimes clapping their wings together once or twice in mid-air, then gliding down with their tail spread. Following the previous nights the Emm was in full flow and a pair of Mallard decided to test the water before jumping in.
A lunch time stroll around Area 2 was quite productive despite the bitter wind.The fields of Ludgrove School held good numbers of Redwing with at least half a dozen Lapwing in the flock. 3 Mistle Thrush and 2 Egyptian Goose were also seen nearby.
Around midday the Wood Pigeons exploded from an Area 5 tree. Checking the skies a Sparrowhawk was seen gliding through the area. A bit later at about 15:00 in Area 4 Malcolm Dunmore watched as possibly the same bird took 40 mins to polish off a Starling that it had killed in his garden.
A snowy walk to work this morning was brightened with a male Bullfinch with its red breast easily seen against the snow covered bush.
A cold start to the month in Area 5 . A Grey Wagtail was at the Balancing Pond feeding at the new grille. Green Woodpecker was heard calling. Thrushes in the shape of Redwing , Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush were also seen. A Buzzard was perched in the tree's near Woosehill Roundabout. A stroll in Area 2 around by Ludgrove School in the afternoon produced even more Winter Thrushes with Redwing , Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush feeding in the fields. A camera shy Red Kite was in the trees and a Sparrowhawk was flying over the area. A Grey Heron was feeding in the wet fields..