This morning I called for Tony and with the intention of checking out the woodland adjacent to Captains Pool that forms part of Spennells Valley Nature Reserve to see if we could locate the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker that had been reported there on the previous 2 days. Technically this woodland is is just off patch and I tend to use the rule that I only count the birds in the woodland if I can see them from the Dam at Captains Pool.
A quick check of Captains pool was done before checking the woods and we noted that both the drake Shoveller and the Great Crested Grebe were still present. A 2nd Coot was a new arrival there.
We then headed to the section of Spennells Valley where the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker had been reported and spent the next 1.5 hours walking the perimeter footpaths and scanning the trees & Tit flocks. There wasn't a sniff of a Lesser although we did get nice views of a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers that were present there. The only other bird of note was a cracking ♀ Blackcap that must be over-wintering there (I just need it to venture over by Captains at some point).
The other thing that struck me at Spennells Valley was the amount of flowers that were in bloom. Loads of Lesser Celandine were flowering along the brook. Daffodil and Crocus were also seen in flower in the wood. Must be due to this mild winter I guess.