Not much birding went on this afternoon. I was having the window repaired (the one I broke in the summer, when I locked myself out!) the repair guy didn't leave until 3 o'clock. Whilst he was working I watched the garden on and off, nothing unusual coming in, but lots of activity from the tits and finch's, I made a rough count of all the birds that I could see at that moment, and estimated 40-50 birds using the feeders, quite something to watch, as my garden is only 40ft long by around 20ft wide.
So it was around 3 o'clock that I went out, and it was already getting dark. A quick scan over the maize stubbles produced just 2 MISTLE THRUSH, 6 REDWING, 4 FIELDFARE and a flyover KESTREL. The raspberry canes and the hedgeline alongside, had a group of 5 BULLFINCH'S flitting between them, 3 males and 2 females, very nice to see.
As it was now getting very gloomy, I thought i'd go over to the Barn Owl roost, at the tree nursery, and maybe see it leave for the evening, but I didn't see it, which reminds me, my look for Tawny owl last night was another failure, I know there must be at least a pair on my patch!!!!!
I was just thinking of heading for home, when I heard the sound of LINNETS overhead, I could just make them out against the skyline, at first a flock of around 35 birds repeatedly flew over and around the dense Laurel shrubs, and on each pass a few birds dropped in to roost. Then another smaller flock of 20 or so did the same, I stayed and waited, and sure enough another two groups of 10-15, each came in to roost at a different part of the tree nursery, there after, just a single and two pairs came in. It was just ten to four and they were all tucked up for the night.
This weekends patch birding might prove a bit skinny, tomorrow morning the weather looks to be wet, but i'll give it a go anyway. On sunday I'm going for a rare trip away from my patch, to the ''isle of sheppy'' with the Kent Ornithological society. I can familiarise myself with the birds there, in the hope that they might just visit my patch one day. Dream on!!!