It was mostly disappointing, mainly because of the SPARROWHAWK - 4 times I opened the window and flushed it from the leylandi tree - it's favourite hiding place. Just 14 species visited, (including the hawk) species such as Starling, Blackbird and Dunnock had the sense to stay away, but the COAL, BLUE and GREAT TITS were all doing a 'grab and go' on the feeders. GOLD, GREEN and CHAFFINCH braved the hawk for just a few moments, but were very nervous.
Outside the garden boundaries, another 10 species were seen, a flyover CORMORANT was of most interest, also 12 MALLARD sat and rested on the butile liner of the greenhouse reservoir, whilst a lone MISTLE THRUSH had me squinting through my bins, as it flew over - just thought it could have been the first Fieldfare of the Autumn, but alas no, but they will be here anyday now.
The weather looks better for tomorrow, so hopefully I get get out and add some species to the months list.
Here's some garden bird photo's, but the light was too poor really.
Above: Goldfinch feeding on sunflower hearts. and below a Great Tit just about to.
Can you see the Sparrowhawk hiding ? What a pest!