I started my visit to the patch at Captains Pool. The pool was almost completely frozen with a small area of water being kept free by the circling Mallards. 21 Black-headed Gulls were stood on the ice and a Moorhen and a single Canada Goose were also present. Also of note at Captains were 5 Siskin in the Alders, 2 Jays and 2 Redwing.
At Stanklyn Lane paddocks there were 3 Green Woodpeckers feeding on the deck. Opposite, along the hedgerow of the carrot field, there were 6 Yellowhammers present.
Heath Lane paddock was very quiet with only 2 Robins, 2 Blackbirds and a Goldfinch of note.
At Willow Marsh Fishery 9 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron and 5 Black-headed Gulls were recorded. A Common Buzzard was over Witch Lane.
My final stop off was Barrs Lane/Butts Lane where I walked the public footpath a next to the stubble fields. Whilst doing so I put up 70+ Skylark and 2 Meadow Pipits. In the trees at the back of Stone Manor were 25 Fieldfare. Also, a Redwing flew over Butts Lane and a ♀ Kestrel was present near Eastfields Farm. It was also interesting to see that the small drainage pond was starting to fill back up...so perhaps a bit more rain and it may be ok by the Summer for the dragonflies & damselflies.
Mallards on Ice - Captains Pool