19th jan 2013

Alot more birds around today at the ‘patch’-Marston.At the works end what must be warmer water is spilling out onto the grassy area and it’s attracting birds.About 25 snipe flushed up as i walked past,I love that sound they make.Lots of winter thrushes,a few meadow pipits and lesser redpolls were concentrated there.3 goldcrests were in the hedge.

A little egret flew in and put down in the dyke near Mill lane.These are now regular,but have only been seen fairly recently.The scrape was frozen,absolutely zilch there.

Green lane was heaving with birds,about 250 skylarks,scores of yellowhammers,reed bunts and chaffinches were on the fields and occasionally the road.No shortage of fieldfares either.A woodpigeon flock numbered around 400 or so.

2 grey hares and a stoat also.