I managed to grab an hour or so this afternoon for a quick whistle stop tour of the patch. I started with a quick view of Captains Pool where the Great Crested Grebe was still present and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen in an oak near the waters edge.
Stanklyn Lane was pretty much a right off due to the agricultural sale being on at the Gallops Field and no self respecting bird would be around whilst that is on. None were, so I headed up to Heath Lane.
By comparison Heath Lane was absolutely Chuffing with birds. In the trees between the Islamic School and the paddock there were c.300 Linnets perched. The sound of them all chattering away was almost deafening! It Just needed a Merlin to turn up with all this food on tap...ah well another time!
The paddock itself was also full of birds with c.140 Fieldfare, c.80 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, c.60 Starling, 14 Goldfinch and 8 Chaffinch all feeding on the deck. A single Corn Bunting was singing from the telegraph wires that run over the adjacent field. A Kestrel was also noted along the lane.
I headed over to Witch Lane next where I was greeted by a covey of 16 Red-legged Partridge waddling leisurely down the middle of the road. In the trees behind Willow Marsh Fishery were 5 Cormorants. A Common Buzzard was also present in this area.