I started at the Butts Lane/Back Lane triangle where 1 Linnet, 2 Common Buzzards and a Pied Wagtail were present. 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew N and c.30 Redwings flew over heading S.
From Butts Lane it was over to Witch Lane where c.200 Wood Pigeons were seen feeding in the stubble. 17 Black-headed Gulls, 9 Starlings and a ♀ Kestrel were seen here. 30 Skylarks flew up out of the stubble field opposite the old grain store. 2 Stock Doves were also in this field.
Heath Lane paddock contained 2 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackbirds, 1 Robin and a Green Woodpecker. c.60 Wood Pigeons were on the adjacent stubble. 19 Fieldfare and a Common Buzzard were over the large field over the road from the paddock. 20 Linnets and 4 Yellowhammers (3♂) were present at the model aircraft field. A real highlight of today's visit were 2 Ravens that flew over 'kronking' away heading E. 7 Long-tailed Tits were seen in the trees opposite the aircraft field.
My final stop was down on Stanklyn Lane where I undertook a walk through the beet field to Captains pool and back. The beet & stubble field held 11 Chaffinch, 3 Yellowhammers (1♂), 45 Linnets, 36 Starlings, 5 Blackbirds, 1 Jay and a Kestrel. No sign of the large finch flock or the female Brambling though today :-( Along the path to Captains was a Tit flock that contained 1 Marsh Tit (a scarce bird on the patch), 4 Long-tailed Tits and a number of Great Tits & Blue Tits. Also seen along the path were 2 Jays and a House Sparrow. C.60 Rooks were in the field along side the footpath.
Captains Pool was still pretty much frozen with 36 Black-headed Gulls on the ice and a number of Canada Geese and Mallards in the small unfrozen area. On returning to Stanklyn Lane I recorded the Light-phase Common Buzzard, a ♀ Pheasant and 16 Jackdaws.
All in all not a bad haul of birds for my first patch visit of the year....I cant wait to see what future visits will bring.