A trip round the tree nursery yielded a flock of LONG TAILED TITS, with a couple of GOLDCREST and another of the last of the summer migrants still with us - a CHIFFCHAFF. Whilst there, I checked out the BARN OWL roost, and was pleased to see it there, another species never recorded in October. I went over to the lake but very little was there, just MALLARD and MOORHEN.
If you click to enlarge the above photo, you should see part of the linnet flock, with a single GOLDFICH among them. Can you spot it?
Above is another photo of the linnets
Above is the result of yesterdays ''old english tradition of butcher the hedgerow'' This was the hedgerow that runs along the tree nursery and on to Migrant alley, just 2 days ago it was laden with Berries and fruit, it was the winter larder for many birds and small mammals. I thank the college on behalf of the wild creatures.
Below is a photo of the high ground to the north east of my patch, in the foreground is the tree nursery, the telephone cables run above Ashes Lane, with the plastic poly tunnels just behind, immediately behind these are the Maize stubbles. you can make out a Church on the hill.