Light is dwindling fast when I walk into work now, another ten days and I reckon ill be walking in the dark. Today though, I did manage to see 28 GREY LAG GEESE, that were in the Maize stubbles, although I would of walked past them if the shepherds dog that was rounding up all the escaped sheep that had wandered into the stubble, hadn't flushed them all up!
I went over to the wet woods at 14:00, it was reasonably quiet, a TREECREEPER was with a group of 12 - 15 LONG TAILED TITS, and I could here one of the two MARSH TITS that are now wintering on my patch. A GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER called and tapped and a few MOORHEN were feeding around the pools. I didn't visit the lake, due to the disturbance from the gardener, instead I walked over to Migrant Alley, through the tree nursery - lots of work going on there so nothing was seen. More disappointment at Migrant Alley, for some reason a tractor was mowing the maize stubbles, a pointless task surley ? But then again I'm not a farmer, so there must be a reason. I stayed and watched anyway, just in case something flew over, but just corvids and one or two Gulls went past. Only the occasional MEADOW PIPIT was heard, and a flock of 7 LINNET and 6 SKYLARK flew off the stubbles as the tractor got to them. The only birds that didn't seem to mind the tractor were the PIED WAGTAILS, about 30 continued to forage, flying up and over the tractor as it passed. Dusk fell all too soon, and I headed home.I really do feel cheated on these shortened days!
Below is a photo of the sunset at Pittswood