Teal on lake
The feeders continue to attract good numbers of tits and at least two Water Rails have been mopping up whatever get dropped.
Water Rail under feeders
The orchards around the lake were filled with winter thrushes this morning as well as a large flock of Starlings and 200 plus Linnets.
One of the many Fieldfares
So to the year itself- which all in all hasn't been a bad one.With two species added to the patch list,namely GREENSHANK and ALPINE SWIFT.
The year started well with Waxwings in the village and then Greenshank and Alpine Swift were seen in May as were Shelduck(only the third patch record).
September saw the arrival of the long staying Osprey which attracted birders and photographers from far and wide.
Long staying Osprey
November saw four Hawfinches fly towards Sprivers.
Finally, a Barn Owl was seen in December( the first since 2014).
The patch total ended at 110 which is a great number,though 7 short of my record.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL AND GOOD BIRDING IN 2018!!!!