On Tuesday I made an early afternoon visit to one of my local patches at Epsom Common hoping to dodge the regular rain showers.
The fishing pond held two pairs of Mallard and the males drifted over to check out the intruder while the females kept well away.
The underfoot conditions were the worst I have seen for a long, long time. It was not possible to circumnavigate the small pond without wellies and the pathways around the Stew Pond were under water due to the high water table after so much continuous wet weather.
A Grey Heron took off just as I approached an open area to scan the water where I found a pair of Teal, one male Tufted Duck, a few more Mallard, Cormorant and Moorhen.
The sentry Cormorant didn't flinch a feather as a Moorhen, probably spoked by my presence, dashed past it. A little while later I caught a glimpse of a Kingfisher as it sped across the water and disappeared.
The mosses are loving this damp weather but it's not doing much for my birdwatching! I made a circuit of Ashstead Common and the most common sounds emenated from Blue and Great Tits.
Very little else was seen apart from quite a few Magpies (the one above allowed me to get just close enough for a quick shot before it moved away), Long-tailed Tits, Robin, Blackbird, Ring-necked Parakeet, Crow, Jay, Woodpigeon plus the flap, flap, glide of a Sparrowhawk (patch tick for 2010) as it gained height over the woodland and headed north. I just made it back to the car as the next rain front hovered overhead. FAB.