Around midday I headed out for a walk down the lane. Whilst I won't be regularly posting the details, I am also going to maintain an 'On Foot From Home' list this year - more out of curiosity than anything. Whilst the garden list is known (and small), there are a good few species that I have seen on walks in and around the Whetstone that are not on the garden list. I anticipate that the total will be very moderate indeed (70ish species) as there is no open water nearby - just brooks/streams. I see the odd Mallard and flyover geese/swans but otherwise wildfowl will be sparse. Equally there is no real prospect of many wader species.
Anyway, after the walk today and with a few bits from the garden the inaugural OFFH list stands at 33 species. There were a couple of good flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares knocking about, plus a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a couple of flyover Skylarks and a Stock Dove. One of the rarest local birds though (ironically) was a small flock of Feral Pigeons! We gets loads of Woodpigeons and Collared Doves around here, but Ferals are not commonly seen. Same can't be said for Red-legged Partridges and Pheasants - plenty of those about. Single Sparrowhawk and Buzzard were smart, but no sign of the usual Little Owls today. The gulls loitering in fields included a couple of Common with the usual Black-headed and Herring for a nice change.
Common local fat bird
After getting home, I narrowly missed a Great Spotted Woodpecker on the garden feeders - Josh saw it, called it and then Alex flushed it by running to the window before I could see it.
Later this afternoon, when it had turned quite dull and pretty nippy, we headed over to Knighton Park with the boys as there is a big play/activity area. The fact that this is within the City boundary and therefore has the (slim) potential to yield any yearticks is immaterial. I saw some House Sparrows here and another Great Spotted Woodpecker, but nothing else new. Several Mistle Thrushes around, plus a couple of smart Bullfinches. Probably worth an early morning visit later in the year.