Whilst getting my bike ready I managed to sort out a few year ticks including Jackdaw and Black headed Gull. Easy birding.
North of Alrewas.
On route to the first pit I noted the usual 4 Red-legged Partridge along with about 400 restless Lapwing.
A steady walk around and I noted 80+ Lapwing over, 39 Tufted Duck, 9 Coot, 12 Teal, 14 Goldeneye, 1 Smew (redhead) and 2 Wigeon.
Pretty quiet yet again. Winter is usually very good here with Brambling, Redpoll and Siskin recorded last year. Nothing like this this year. I did note a Mistle Thrush and loads of Fieldfares.
Once again, pretty rubbish. In the past this has been excellent for Snipe and also noted was Whooper Swan. Today a Bullfinch was the only bird of note.
Bird noted included 78 Mute Swan, 114 Mallard, 80+ Lapwing, 3 Goldeneye, 329 Teal, 162 Tufted Duck, a handful of Wigeon (forgot to write dowm how many I counted!!!!!), 94 Pochard and 3 Little Grebes.
A vast chunk of the afternoon was spent riding around and around the lanes as well as checking out the pool. Birds noted included 2 Goosander flying over, 16 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 23 Coot, 79 Wigeon, several Yellowhammer and Tree Sparrow, 2 Little Owl, 35 Golden Plover, 400+ Lapwing and 1 Redshank.
Back home just before dusk and was having a go at photographing House Sparrows out of the back window when a cracking Sparrowhawk flew down and perched on a nearby garden ornament, a full frame shot but the camera and to focus and the bird flew. Bugger, it would have been a cracker.
Thats all I got folks!!!!!