I managed to grab an enjoyable couple of hours around the patch this afternoon. It was good to get back there after recent 'away days' and it proved fairly productive.
I started my visit with a quick whistle stop to Witch Lane where, on arrival, I was treated to cracking views of ♂ Sparrowhawk. Also noted in this area were a Common Buzzard and 5 Stock Doves. 3 Skylarks were up singing.
Next stop was Heath Lane where 27 Fieldfare were in the trees between the paddock and the Islamic School. At the model aircraft field there were a ♀ Kestrel and 2 Common Buzzards present. c.80 Starling were over the playing fields at the Islamic School.
I rounded my visit of by parking on Stanklyn Lane and walking to Captains Pool and back. This was by far the most productive area as a large mixed finch/bunting flock was feeding on the adjacent ploughed field. Panning through them I counted 31 Corn Bunting, 14 Yellowhammer, 17 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch and c.60 Chaffinch. Also feeding on the plough were a flock of 23 House Sparrows. I was going to get some video footage panning through this large flock but, just as I had set up, a dog walker came along with their dog off the lead and spooked them...grrrrr!
Along the footpath to Captains I also noted a Jay, 2 Long-tailed Tits and a Wren. The pool itself was fairly quiet but the pair of Great Crested Grebes were still present and occasionally displaying. A Domestic Goose was a new arrival at the pool.....exciting eh?
(can you feel the photographic barrel being scraped!)