Back to slogging it out on the local patches and I decided to have a stomp around a few gravel pits. First stop was the gravel pit near the A38. Birds noted were Great Tit, Fieldfare, Mute Swan, Robin, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Mallard, Black Headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Pochard, Coot, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, Redwing, Stock Dove, Meadow Pipit, Wigeon, Green Sandpiper, Teal, Wren, Carrion Crow, Dunnock, Redshank and Goldeneye.
A quick look at this pit which for the last tweleve months has been pretty rubbish. And it continues. Birds noted were Woodpigeon, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, Mallard, Teal and Pied Wagtail.
As I was passing through the arboretum I had a look around to see what was occuring. Birds noted were Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Lesser Redpoll, Wren, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Mallard, Fieldfare, Pied Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, Woodpigeon, Cormorant, Black Headed Gull and Bullfinch.
The last three sites were pretty well sheltered but when I walked into Whitemoor and out of the shelter of th etrees and hedges it turned rather blustery but not as bad as the other day. On enetering Whitemoor I noted Fieldfare rather lots of them feeding in a field, about 400-500, plus a few Redwing, Blackbird, a hunting Sparrowhawk, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Magpie, Goldfinch, Great Tit and Carrion Crow. A short walk to the lake and I added 38 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant and another 6 noted flying over later on, Black Headed Gull, 41 Tufted Duck, 19 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 128 Pochard and 4 Mallard. On to the lanes and I added Pheasant, Starling, Wren, Robin, Skylark, Little Owl, Tree Sparrow, 191 Mute Swan, 89 Golden Plover, between 500 and 600 Lapwing - I did try and count them but they were always on the move but I did get to about 200 so estimated the rest, Dunnock, Grey Heron and a pair of Bullfinches.