In an ivy clad tree by the pond in Area 5 a pair of Goldcrest were picking off insects. A pair of Mallard seem to have taken up residence, maybe ready for nesting.
A frosty start to the day and couldn't be bothered to scrape the car off. So I walked to work along Areas 4 & 5 of the Emm. By the pond in Area 5 a Great spotted Woodpecker was on the trees and near Ripplestream Bridge a
Green Woodpecker was calling . Crossing Kingfisher Bridge at 07:50, I disturbed a Kingfisher from its perch.It flew upstream towards Meadow Road Bridge.
Area 5 highlights this morning were a Sparrowhawk looking for breakfast and a male Bullfinch calling from the bushes. In the afternoon a solitary Canada Goose flew over my house calling.
It was a sunny day so at lunchtime and againin the afternoon I visited Area's 1 & 2 to the rear of Tecco's. In the fields were 6 Lapwing , numerous Jackdaws and 3 Pied Wagtail . In the flooded field where the two areas meet a Grey Heron was sunbathing in a tree. The pair of Egyptian Geese were in the field with their 3 Goslings and a Little Egret was feeding amongst the cows.
A Grey Wagtail was seen preening on a fence post. Approx 70 Redwing were also seen. In Area 5, 2 Cormorrant flew over heading N.
In the car park field in Area 10 a Great spotted Woodpecker was drumming and a Nuthatch was calling. Both sightings by by Fraser Cottington.
On Valentines Day in the car park field in Area 10 a Kestrel and a Mistle Thrush was seen by Richard Marsh. Meanwhile in Area 5 50+Redwing were constantly on the move. A Moorhen was on the Emm between Dragonfly and Ripplestream Bridges. Siskin were feeding on the Alder trees near the pond and 2 Stock Dove flew over. Later in the day a Buzzard was over Area 5 mobbed by Carrion Crows.
A Kingfisher was seen flying downstream on the Emm from Meadow Road bridge by Malcolm Dunmore. Out in the rain this morning in Area 4 and 5. A Grey Wagtail was in the Balancing Pond. 2 Long Tailed Tit were feeding on the fat square by the pond. 2 Mallard were on the pond and a Red Kite was braving the rain .
A Barn Owl was seen in the box and then flying by the Emm at Lavells Lake by Fraser Cottington.
A Buzzard was seen by Linda Garner-Langham over the car park field off Sandford Lane at Dinton Pastures in Area 10.
In the car park field off Sandford Lane at Dinton Pastures Area 10. A Kestrel was seen by Fraser Cottington.
A stroll this morning alongside the Emm on the old golf course at Dinton Pastures Area 10. Seen was a 40 strong flock of Redwing & Fieldfare and 2 flyover Egyptian Geese On the footpath in the car park field was a male Bullfinch In Area 5 by the new pond a Goldfinch was at the new feeding station. Also seen in a brief 5 min watch, once I had topped the feeders up were Blue Tit , Great Tit , Blackbird , Robin and Magpie . In an adjacent Ivy clad Alder a Goldcrest was picking insects off the leaves. In Area 3 a