Since then i've been all over the patch, with my walk to work, several visits to the Woods and even managed to get to the rarely visited corner that is in the opposite direction to everything!
New Years Day
Magpie & Mistle Thrush
The weekend of the 25th was the RSP Big Garden Birdwatch, which I take part in every year, I did my hour between 8.10 and 9.10am on Saturday morning and saw 11 species, not too bad. There was also Coal and Long-tailed Tits later in the day.
Blue Tit 2
Great Tit 2
House Sparrow 9
Collared Dove 1
Feral Pigeon 1
Snowdrops and Bluebells are just starting show in the garden, Snowdrops are in flower already elsewhere around town
The woods are full of birds and birdsong, at the moment it's around sunrise when I get there so the birds are busy, one morning I counted 3 singing Song Thrush!
Dartmouth Park (the one I don't visit often!) it's overrun with Blackbirds, more than any other spot at the moment. I picked up my first Greenfinch of the year here with several at the tops of the trees with lots of Goldfinch.
Another tree has come down
This bush was in full flower, not wild but part of the gardens planted there
In both Dartmouth and Scatcherd Parks there is blossom on the trees, these particular ones always flower early in the year
To date i'm up to 29 species around the patch plus various other sightings - Rats in the woods, Wood Mice in our window feeder, Squirrels everywhere, regularly calling Foxes around home, there's even been a bat flying over the garden on milder days!