I decided to start this mornings tour of the patch at Captain's Pool. As there were fishermen at the pool there wasn't much in the way of wintering wildfowl. All that there was of note were 2 adult Mute Swans, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Moorhens, 17 Black-headed Gulls,13 Canada Geese and the usual resident Mallards. At the edge of the woodland adjacent to the dam was a tit flock consisting of c.80 birds. Alongside the Great Tits & Blue Tits were 11 Long-tailed Tits and 1 Coal Tit. Also seen in this wooded area were a ♂ Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jays, 3 Chaffinch and 3 Blackbirds.
6 Skylarks flew NW over Back Lane. A Buzzard was present in the trees at the back of Stone Manor and a ♀ Kestrel was on the wires near the junction with the A450.
There were c.80 Linnets on the wires next to Heath Lane paddock. At the model aircraft field there were 42 Starlings present, a Skylark was up singing and 4 Meadow Pipits flew up and drop back down into the stubble.
Whilst on Stanklyn Lane a flock of 10 Chaffinch flew over heading SE. The real highlight of this visit was an immature Merlin that was perched on a bush at the edge of the beet field until it was mobbed by Magpies and flew off towards Summerfield. Also at the beet field, 4 Skylarks flew W and a few minutes later a Meadow Pipit also flew W.