With no rain today it seemed a good idea to try to add a few common species to my 2010 list.
A walk at Riverside Park where the recent thaw plus rain has caused extensive flooding produced Tufted Duck and male Pochard on the river; Meadow Pipit, LINNET, masses of Pied Wagtails,Teal, Black-headed Gulls and EGYPTIAN plus Canada Geese on the wet meadows; Gadwall, Shoveller, Great Crested Grebe and Herring Gull on the lake; plus Kestrel, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers but despite searching all the riverside Alders no sighting of any finches.
Coot were the most common occupants on the partly frozen lake.
The final location was a quick walk around Bookham Common also very damp underfoot. The first half hour was as quiet as the preverbial grave; the pond was frozen with a few Mallard and Moorhens utilising small areas of water protected by trees. Heading around the pond I heard and then located Coal Tits, TREECREEPER, Nuthatch and two MARSH TITs. In an adjoining wooded area I was surrounded by a large flock of Long-tailed Tits busily feeding overhead. Jays seemed to be lurking around every corner but as usual flew away as soon as I approached them. The final sightings were five BULLFINCH (3 males and 2 females) and a Kestrel.
So here are the stats for 2010: Total sightings 94, of which only 55 seen in Surrey so far, and 22 garden visitors for January. Now just in case you are wondering I did capture a few more species with the camera but I will save these for a subsequent post. FAB