A bleak walk around Stobswood and Widdrington tip yesterday was quite good for birds but not a lot else to see as there was still a fair covering of snow remaining on the woodland floor. Above are some images from the Alder woodland at the former refuse site. It is becoming thick with Alders as they become more mature and are now covering over two thirds of the site. The phragmites bed is increasing on the boggy woodland floor. There was about 70 Lesser Redpolls here with smaller numbers of Siskin and Goldfinches making up the Finch flock of over 100 birds. A Woodcock was flushed and a Buzzard soared overhead. A solitary Marsh Tit was in the same place as last time in bushes along the main railway line beside the footbridge. There is still a large Redwing flock in the Horse field comprising of about a hundred birds and 2 Fieldfare among them.