W.R Stables Farm
Not much luck in finding many bunting flocks, but the farmyard held 40Yellowhammer, 2Reed Bunting, 10Chaffinch, 1Siskin, 15Blackbird, 2Song Thrush, 2Mistle Thrush, 2Kestrel, fSparrowhawk, 3Willow Tit, 3Woodcock,
a large mixed flock of 220+ Goldfinch, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, 1-2Mealy Redpoll - covering a lot of ground, they headed East towards The Highfield. A smaller group were nr RMs car park later on. 20+Magpie, 5Grey Partridge, 1Skylark, Stoat & Weasel.
all pools still iced up, several Woodcocks including feeding birds at pools 2 & 4. Pool2 - 1Short-eared Owl, 16Fieldfare, 2Redwing, mixed flock of 80 Redpoll & Goldfinch.
1 recently dead Coot in damp woodland.
2pr Wigeon, 1(!)Lapwing, 15Teal including birds displaying, & many gulls on flood water including 1 2nd winter Med Gull.
Walk round the nether regions of the patch.
Barn Owl hunting midday nt long after the sleety rain had stopped.
3 Shorties roosting together in their favoured hedge.
digi-binned shot of wary bird
Pair of Long-eareds roosting not too far from the path.
Managed to see a Little Owl at the entrance to his box - theyre really keeping a low profile in this wintry weather.
Med & Mealie take me up to 90 species on foot within the local patch.
Still looking out for:-
Chiffchaff . . . .