The first bird I saw was a shadowy shape on top of the coffee shop a RED LEGGED PARTRIDGE, it crouched for a short time before whirring it's wings into action and disappearing. A FIELDFARE and several REDWINGS flew from their roost in the car park, later another 18 Fieldfares flew west as did 14 Redwings. I found a few more YELLOWHAMMERS today but still only around 10-15 birds hopefully the rest of the larger flock might return, the LINNET flock has also diminished to around 30 birds. A GREY WAGTAIL flew north and WOODPIGEON numbers were high again. For most of the walk round the field a COMMON BUZZARD could be heard calling, it sounded like it was from somewhere in the trees along the stream but several scans failed to pick it up. Walking across one of the stubble fields I disturbed my first SNIPE of the autumn for the patch. The rest of todays birds were much as yesterday, apart from 2 GREAT BLACK BACKED GULLS that flew east followed closely by about 15 HERRING GULLS and 4 GREENFINCHES were on top of a birch tree as I headed back to the car. I met the warden this morning and hopefully he will soon be planting a winter seed mix along one of the hedges to encourage the birds further, which will be great to see how it develops. The only pics I took today were of an eye catching male Pheasant, that looked like it was a Reeves cross type.
|Sorry got carried away!!!|