After such a good day yesterday, today proved the exact opposite! My usual walk through the small holding, into the wet woods, and around the lake was pretty birdless, maybe it was the strong cold wind keeping them all quiet. The only thing of interest was a couple of GOLDCREST, and at least 4 TEAL, all seen in the wet woods.
The tree nursery was no better, and even the Barn Owl wasn't home. Migrant Alley, on the other hand was heaving with birds. STARLINGS, FIELDFARES, and REDWING all fed out on the maize stubble, which is now not stubble at all, but a waterlogged muddy field. I could only estimate thier numbers, but there were around 300 Starlings, 700 Fieldfare and 200 Redwing, all minimum numbers. Also there were around 300 mixed corvids out on the sheep pasture. A pair of LINNET, 3 YELLOWHAMMERS and a dozen SKYLARK were also noted.
Some poor pics were taken of the masses of thrush's and starlings, but they don't really show just how numerous they were
Above, a distant view of all the covids, mostly ROOKS and JACKDAWS, something spooked them up. If you enlarge the pic. maybe you can see a Raptor amongst them!