Tuesday 8th March
Today was certainly a glorious one, I spent the afternoon out from 2:30 - 5:30pm, and what a good spell of birding it was. Best of the day was a Red Kite which headed south over the old horse paddocks at 3:45pm, followed shortly after by 3 Common Buzzards all heading north. There was plenty of stuff around and most surprising was a pair of Blackcaps in the crem with the male in full song. Another very good cemo tick for the year was a Red-legged Partridge by the Garden of Rest, and another surprise was a male Pheasant (not many records here), by the allotments, with the latter also holding an excellent count of 40 Corn Buntings. Other bits around included 17 Siskin's, 4 Goldcrests, 3 Continental Coal Tits, 35 Goldfinches, 20 Chaffinches, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Jackdaws and a very good total of 3,000+ Wood Pigeons which headed west late on.