24th February 2007

Though quite mild, this morning was miserable with drizzle and mist. I limited my birding to Cuckoo Nest Wood and Coppice Pond.

Cuckoo Nest Wood:
Great Spotted Woodpeckers weren't put off by the weather and were drumming in at least three locations. I also saw two pairs of Jays. Nuthatches were present but for a change were hard to find. Song Thrushes were belting out their songs throughout the woods.

Coppice Pond:
3 Tufted Ducks were a mild surprise, two males and a female. The Little Grebe from last weeks visit wasn't there but 36 Canada Geese were as well as the resident crowd of Mallards, Moorhens and Coots.

At the bog end of the pond I had a close encounter with a Treecreeper which was a couple of metres away minding its own business.

Play ground area:
A flock of 40 Chaffinches included just one Brambling.

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