Local Patch Sightings
In the garden yesterday, two Fieldfares were feeding on Cotoneaster berries. There weren't many berries left by the end of the day so I put some apple halves out in the evening and one Fieldfare has been feeding on them all day today (photos above and below). Other garden birds visitors included a Redwing, a female Blackcap (bottom photo), a female Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Lesser Redpolls and a record ten Wood Pigeons.
Yesterday, a walk around the local patch with Andy in the snowy conditions produced a good variety of birds, the best being a Green Sandpiper in Dimore Brook near the canal and a further two in the small stream that runs parallel to the canal and along the back of Clearwater Drive wetland. Other birds in this area included three Snipe, a Water Rail and a Grey Wagtail. Four Red-legged Partridges were in a field at Stonebench where four Cormorants and nine Mallard were on the river. On a similar walk today with family and friends, later in the day, a Green Sandpiper was still present in the Clearwater stream along with three Snipe and two Bullfinches were also seen near the canal plus the Water Rail.