16th December 2006

Quite a late start for me today as I ventured into the Estate grounds just before 11am. I started in the new car park at the eastern entrance and went anti-clockwise around the outer paths.

Woods adjacent to Betty's Lodge: Several Coal Tits and Goldcrest were heard as were a couple of Treecreepers. There were also a few Jays screaching in the back ground.

Ewe Hills: A feeding party containing the following: Long-tailed Tits, Bullfinch, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Hedge Accentor, Robin, Blackbird and Goldcrests.

Beech Wood near Druids Altar: There were many Chaffinches here but no sign of Brambling.

Racecourse Plantation: Another feeding party with similar species. A Tawny Owl was flushed by two Jays who continued to persue it through the woods.

Lady Blantyre's Rock area: more Bullfinches heard.

Coppice Pond: A lone female Goosander was all that was left of the roost flock. Sadly there was no sign of the Little Grebe and still no geese.

Cuckoo's Nest Wood: contained the usual mix of resident woodland species.

Overall there were plenty of birds actively feeding but no sign of any winter visitors.

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