The full list was ; Blackbird (4) , Carrion Crow (6) , Chaffinch (2) , Dunnock (3) , Fieldfare (2) - settled briefly but flew on almost immediately , Goldcrest (2) - one in Holly on the edge of the cricket field , and this one that I spent minutes photographing , but this was the only half decent shot , Great Tit (1) , Green Woodpecker (2) , Great Spotted Woodpecker (3) - chasing around the cricket ground line abreast , Jackdaw (2) , Jay (1) , Long Tailed Tit (9) - I tried to photograph these in the orchard , but they just didn't stop , Magpie (3) , Rose Ringed Parakeet (7) , Robin (1) , Woodpigeon (6) and Wren (2) .
On my way back to the car , I found a flock of 14 Fieldfares in a field across the lane , and the odd one or two were coming down to ground to feed , at a distance . In the garden of the first house in the village a Nuthatch was calling .
I had to go to the yard up on the Greensand Ridge to drop something off , so I decided to call in at Bough Beech before heading home . If I thought it was cold earlier , standing on the Causeway was even colder . Half of the North Lake was frozen over , and very little was on the open water .
I did not stop there long , but did see a pair of Bullfinches flying along the Causeway and into the adjacent gardens , and also a Kingfisher , it's plumage electric in the sunshine . I made my way up to the Oast House , and looked in at the feeders . All the usual suspects were in attendance , but no sign of any Brambling . Down by the stream , a large lens was pointed towards the scrape , obviously had something interesting . I hovered around in the background , and eventually the female Bearded Tit came into view . She was feeding on the seedheads of Willowherb , occassionally moving off some distance , then returning . I stayed quiet and waited for the photo opportunity , but she always managed to stay within the seed heads , and was always on the move . I got my shots and left her to finish her lunch , whilst I set off home to get mine .
Ken , thanks for your offer of help with the white/black ducks , I will try for a photo in the next few days , it will probably make things easier .