But at about 2 pm I noticed the sun was peeping through the grey. So I headed off for a brief visit to Bushy Park. As I entered the Park, there must have been a couple of hundred black-headed gulls in and around the Diana Fountain pond.. never seen so many.
Egyptian Geese are so noisy now and obviously in pairs.
Did I see the Tawny Owl? No - I didn't! It was very windy though and the birds were scudding across the sky as fast as the clouds.
In the Pheasantry Garden, the Mandarin Ducks are back - in all four males and one female. These two seemed to be a pair and stuck close to each other. The other 3 males were off to the other side of the pond.
In the woods, Blue, Long-tailed and Great Tits were everywhere and the bird song generally is getting much more noticeable now - lovely!
I walked on through the woods; the trees providing shelter from the strong winds. I followed this female Great Spotted Woodpecker on her journey up the tree managing to get a shot before she disappeared altogether!
And not far on, another great visitor - Goldcrest!! Pity I missed focusing on the bird and managed the sky instead! They always look so grumpy!!
Not bad for a quick walk about... and perhaps one day I might get the Tawny :D