I only recorded 56 species of birds in four patch visits during February. Of the 56, three were new for the year for me.
- Connecting pretty quickly with the Rook Bob found on Alexandra Pond on 17 Feb. Probably the same individual as last year.
- Having a nice low fly-past from my first patch Common Buzzard of the year also on 17 Feb.
- SSSI seeming to be a magnet for good numbers of Reed Bunting, Linnet, Pied Wagtail, and very large numbers of Goldfinch.
- Finding a new colour-ringed Black-headed Gull on Alex on 18 Feb (Yellow TN9T): first sighting since ringed in Poland in June 2018.
- A very high count of 44 Mute Swan on Jubilee for the WeBS count on 17 Feb.
- Continued to fail to see Fieldfare (probably missed now until the Autumn) or Water Rail.
Highlights from elsewhere were:
- Seeing 1W Caspian Gull ‘X530’ at Stonebarges in Rainham (but sadly not finding either of the Glaucous Gull that have been around) on 19 Feb.
- Seeing and hearing my first ever Penduline Tit. In London as well. with added bonus of several Bearded Tit/Reedling present too. All at Crossness in South London on 22 Feb.
- Flying out to my French Patch (more to be reported for March) and, on first day out and about on last day (28th) of Feb felt like reconnecting with old friends: Sardinian Warbler rattling from bushes in large numbers, Raven courting, Stonechat posing, and Cirl Bunting singing.
My birding month in five pictures: