A further arrival was five Coots, one on the dragonfly pools and the remainder on the main pool. There was nothing else on the pool beyond about 20 Mallard so we decided to walk through the marsh. This produced 19 Common Snipe, and one Jack Snipe.
The flashes were ok; 37 Teal, about 20 Lapwings, two Wigeon, and a Green Sandpiper. But on checking a likely looking tree beyond the gate I could see a small grey lump against the bark. A switch to the scope confirmed that it was our first Little Owl of the year.
|The Little Owl|
We headed slowly back, and a second attempt to get Dave the Tree Sparrow produced instead his first Brambling this year. It was in the copse by Netherstead farm with about 25 Chaffinches.
This was a day for winkling out the trickier resident and wintering species rather than adding genuine new arrivals. But spring is just around the corner, and I can't wait to see what it brings.