Just before the recent cold snap hit I had decided to de-silt the pond and do a bit of tidying up around the garden. Unfortunately I twisted my knee and for the best part of a week it has been fairly painful. That said yesterday it was feeling a little better and with the roads clearing I decided to drive to Stanklyn Lane and do a short walk across the fields to Captains Pool and back. I took it steady and was fine...or so I thought.
On returning home I got out of the car and my knee just buckled causing incredible pain. Today it is swollen and quite painful so I have decided to rest up for a few days and just do a bit of garden birding.
Hopefully it will clear over the next few days else a trip to the quacks may be in order...so to keep the posts coming here is yesterday's sightings:
Monday 21st January 2013 - Shenstone:
On arriving at Stanklyn lane I was greeted by the sight of a sizeable flock of 106 Fieldfares flying over heading SE. Nearby a Common Buzzard flew across the gallops fields and perched up on an electricity pylon. 2 Fieldfares perched at the edge of the paddocks
Along the footpath to Captains Pool were 4 Fieldfares, 14 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch and a handful of Tits (excuse the pun!). A single Jay and a Dunnock were also noted.
Captains Pool was 3/4 frozen with a small amount of free water near the dam where very Canada Geese and Mallards were the only species noted. On the ice itself were 46 Black-headed Gulls which went up twice when a ♀ Sparrowhawk flew over the pool.
One of the highlights of the walk was hearing a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming from the adjacent wooded area, the first one I have heard this year. Also of note in this area were 2 Coal Tits and a Nuthatch.
The Alders that surround Captains Pool were seemingly alive with Goldfinches and Siskins and, in one particular tree I located 3 Lesser Redpolls. One of which was a stunning adult male!
Heath Lane was very quite and not very easy to drive along due to the ice and compacted snow. The only bird of note here was a single Goldcrest flitting around in the Holly next to the paddock.
Black-headed Gull - 21st January 2013
Common Buzzard - 21st January 2013