After escaping from doing the shopping with my better half this afternoon I managed to get down to the patch to do my first proper visit of the year. I decided to prioritise much of my time on the Stanklyn Lane area.
First up I walked accessible edge of Stanklyn Wood in the hope of catching up with some of the patch's woodland specialities. The walk produced notables in the form of a Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrests, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 16 Chaffinch, a Redwing and a Common Buzzard.
Stanklyn Lane paddocks were absolutely chuffing with birds with 78 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, c.100 Starling and 2 Green Woodpeckers present.
As a stark contrast Heath Lane paddock was very quiet with only 1 Redwing, 4 Linnets and a Robin recorded.
My final stop was Witch Lane where 12 Cormorants could be seen perched in the trees at the back of Willow Marsh Fishery. Also noted in the Witch Lane area were 2 Kestrels, 17 Fieldfare and 8 Black-headed Gulls.
By the time I had finished the light was going so I decided to leave doing a Butts Lane Walk and visiting Captains Pool to another day. Still a nice mix of everyday birds for the patch year list.
Green Woodpecker - 7th January 2012