Due to a bout of insomnia I have been up early and so before dawn I walked the dog. I hear the usual suspects - Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush and Dunnock. This morning I was a bit suprised to hear a Skylark well before dawn.
Anyway to this afternoon and I finished work a bit early and managed to get an hour and a halfs birding before sunset. I decided to ckeck the quarry pool first because of the poor light later. Birds noted were Tree Sparrow, Wood Pigeon 358 noted over the whole site, Robin, Black-headed Gull, Starling a couple of hundred were gathering to roost, Lapwing 157 were on the quarry edge and 20 more were in the field neat Sittles Farm and then a flock of around 400 lifted from the quarry before dusk, Magpie 34 counted over the site, Teal 4, Wigeon 127, Mallard 6, Pochard 71, Gadwall 2, Tufted Duck 8, Pied Wagtail 6, Chaffinch, Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Song Thrush. From here it was around the lanes. Birds added were Blackbird, Mute Swan 85, Dunnock, Long-tailed Tit, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, 4 Grey Partridge, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, 227 Fieldfare, a single Sparrowhawk and Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Heron and Canada Geese.