As i was early on getting to Blackstone, i decided to walk over to devils spitful, my local heathland, however the heath was dead, with nothing in it at all, however scouting the habitat was good, because some of it looked amazing, the heath could maybe grow abit bigger (as it is doing) but the birch woodland and adjacent large farm field looked good for certain birds.
TBH it was the wrong time of year for me there, but 3 Yellowhammer and 2 Red-legged Partridge were noted in the fields before the railway bridge, eg before the heathland, on the cultivation fields.
I know the spitful is very underwatched, but that is because even at the 'right' tmes of the year, it still fails to get a decent bird, however i can see this being a nice place to visit in the winter for redpolls, and in spring for maybe some scarcer birds.
On the patch, the 3 Mandarin still remained with us, as did the female Goosander, which had moulted its primarys completly and was sitting on the opposite bank of the river
All in all, a succesful patch visit