Thursday 18th February
Weather wise it was pretty miserable, bird wise not to bad. I had a good look round for about 2 hours this morning covering most areas until it got to a point when I couldn't see much of the garden of rest. It started off well with a Firecrest by the crematorium followed by 2 Woodcocks which were flushed from the allotments. Other bits in the cemo included 1 Chiffchaff, 15 Linnets, 9 Chaffinches, 2 Goldfinches, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Goldcrest, 30 Starlings, 20 Greenfinches, 4 Long-tailed Tits, with 80 Fieldfares, 60 Redwings, 100 Wood Pigeons and 2 Skylarks in the paddocks.
Monday 15th February
I only had a very quick half hour today so I concentrated my efforts around the horse paddocks which produced 30 Redwings, 10 Fieldfares, 2 Lapwings, 1 Kestrel, 30 Black-headed Gulls and 400 Wood Pigeons.
Saturday 13th February
At long last I finally managed to get out for the first time this month, although it doesn't quite feel that way at present, with spring not to far away its starting to head towards that exciting time of year. Today I covered the cemo for about 2 hours which at first was very very quiet with only 7 Chaffinches to be seen at best. I was hoping for some more Woodcocks after the current spell of snow and cold weather but after a good search in the most favoured areas it turned out very poor with not one bird recorded. Anyway down to the birds that were seen today which included 2 Firecrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 45 Linnets (A good February record), 4 Goldcrests, 3 Fieldfares, 7 Redwings, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 5 Mistle Thrushes and 4 Jays.