Went out today to hopefully see my first ever lesser spotted woodpecker but alas in the 2 hours I spent searching I caught no sight or sound. Hopefully as the year progresses they will be easier to track down. Having said that there was plenty of other stuff to keep me going.
The highlight was yearticking Woodcock, as a bird came flying through the trees right at me before turning back into the woods where I lost it. Not going to lie, that was very unexpected and more than made up for the lack of lessers. A host of other nice woodland birds could also be seen on the site, including Chiffchaff (Including one singing), Goldcrest, Long-Tailed Tit, Bullfinch, Nuthatch and Jay. And Great Spotted Woodpeckers were in very healthy supply, with at least 4 individuals on the site but possibly more.
-Great Spotted Woodpecker
There were also plenty of common garden birds, such as a dearth of Wrens. None woodland birds included around 30 Redwings and a flyover Grey Heron. There were also so unusually tawny Grey Squirrels which were quite striking in their own right.
Undisclosed Site: Jay, Woodcock, Chiffchaff, Long-Tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, Chaffinch, Mallard, Goldfinch, Common Gull, Blackbird, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Wren, Coal Tit, Collard Dove, Nuthatch, Starling, Grey Heron, Redwing, Bullfinch,