Actual signs of a thaw today with the small pools free of ice. At the far end of Freeman's were 3 Shoveler, 2 Mute Swans and 15 Mallard. Good number of Blackbird and 2 Song Thrush. Marsh Point were 33 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. The track had a flock of Long-tailed Tits hurrying through the hedgerow and 3 Dunnock with 2 Bullfinch and a few Chaffinch hanging about. Last Tuesday I counted 9 Bullfinch on the track. Lapwings were busy in the stubble fields, 250, along with a few Redshank, Moorhen and Mallard. Darter Pool saw another 4 Shoveler, all male. Wildfowlers despite the thaw was quiet with just a handful of Teal, the field towards the marsh had about 120 Greylag. A Snipe flew over. A Sparrowhawk was also making its presence known.
The Flood was void of bird life while the fields towards the hill saw a good number of Lapwing. rough estimate 350, and gulls, mainly Black-headed 175. A few Shelduck were on the marsh and the usual geese/swan numbers. A Kestrel was hunting near the railway cutting.
I popped down late one evening last week and managed to see Uranus which is in conjunction with Jupiter as well as the giant planets four main satellites Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, Jupiter has 63 confirmed moons to date!