So another week is over and the end of January is now in sight. There's not been much to report this week: mid week the icy conditions meant that there wasn't much around on the floods though thankfully we're back in a warmer and wetter weather phase now and it's impressive how quickly the birds return. There have been a few year ticks to report: Steve Goddard added MARSH TIT (a hard bird to find on the Patch) and Chiffchaff both from his garden and Tom Evans also saw a Chiffie in the Trap Grounds as well as hearing a couple of WATER RAILS in the reedbed there.
The gull roost has been a bit hit and miss of late though Liam Langley found a nice adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL a few nights ago. Perhaps we'll finally get some white-winged action some time soon.
|Norman and Mary Gregory are getting some nice birds in their garden including several Stock Doves and Reed Buntings|
For those who are interested, the current wish list of birds that we might reasonably expect before the spring migrants arrive is now down to the following: Kestrel, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Lesser Redpoll, Ruff, Siskin, Sparrowhawk, Little Egret and Jack Snipe.