After ticking a few Wildfowl species, I heard some noise coming from a tree close to the ponds. I had a quick look and ticked Great Tit and Coal Tit. And then they flew across to some brambles nearby so I tried to get a better look. Only then did I realise it wasn't in fact a Coal Tit I had been looking at, but one of two species; Marsh Tit or Willow Tit. Then I managed to latch onto about three of them, but unfortunately failed to many really sustained looks due to them being so flighty. Being the idiot I am, I had also decided against bringing my camera. Well, obviously the best way to ID between the two is call. Perfect, I'd heard them earlier. Of course, being me and having a non-existent short term memory I had forgotten the call. From the views I did get, I am inclined to say Marsh although I'm not 100% so I'll go back again armed with my camera.
My next visit gave me two real treats. Walking down the path towards the feeder, I saw a couple of trees full of finches. Fortunately I had my camera with me this time, and rather than risk not ID'ing them prior to them fleeing I decided to take some photos as a back up before I got any closer. Before moving closer, I zoomed in on some of the photos to see what was around. I was thrilled to find that I had, unbeknownst to me, got a great record shot of a Brambling, my second ever! Patch gold, for me.