It was lovely to hear the birds calling and especially Robins in song of which I reckon I encountered at least 5 individuals on the walk. A Yellowhammer was giving it some wellie whilst perched on a wire though a lone Corn Bunting not far away was silent. A Sparrowhawk flew in low over the fields which flushed the Woodpigeons that had been feeding in the fields, the Corvids did not seem bothered by the Sparrowhawks presence. A couple of Mistle Thrush gave there presence away with their high pitched rattle call and to me the worst bird call ever emanated from a Jay as it flew amongst the tall trees in a garden, a colourful bird but such a grating call! I saw and heard several noisy Jays on the walk.
The Bridleway was very muddy, it was difficult to step out of the mud at times, luckily I managed to hang on to my wellies! I had hoped for Redpoll and Siskin alongside the wooded area as there are plenty of Alder and Pine trees here, but no luck today! As I neared the end of the bridleway I watched a Great Spotted Woodpecker as it made it's way along a branch in search of insects, the silence was broken by the sound of drumming a distance away!! My first of the year GSW drumming, it seems early but I suppose they have territory to claim now! A Treecreeper flew closely past me as I watched the Woodpecker, I must have been very still.lol! I managed a quick photo of it before it disappeared behind a tree trunk!
On the Pool were a good number of Black-headed Gulls, I checked for anything different but no luck! I had seen a male Goosander and two Little Grebes on the pool on Thursday afternoon (3rd) but just one Little Grebe seen today, I expect the other one was there somewhere lurking in the depths of the pool out of sight.
I thoroughly enjoyed my 3 hour walk/linger today, it was good to do the whole of the walk for a change and in decent weather. I saw 29 species of which I was pleased with for this area and given the time of year. Highlight species were Yellowhammer, Wren, Corn Bunting, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Dunnock, Robin, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.
Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!