Typical for a November day, it was grey, cold and bleak for this mornings patch visit, but still the SONGTHRUSH was heard singing loudly, the first bird of the 43 species seen today, these were hard fought for however, with long stretches of of my walk totally birdless.
The vast majority of the birds were seen around the Lakes and Scrub area, with most of the woodland species turning up, COAL, BLUE, GREAT and LONG TAILED TIT were feeding in a loose flock, and with them were NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER. Two SISKINS dropped in to the top of a Silver Birch tree whilst I watched the feeders of a nearby garden, where the only GREENFINCH for the day was recorded.
The grey sky was ideal for picking out flyovers - but there were few, two single REDPOLL and two YELLOWHAMMER were the only ones of note. Other sightings of some interest were the 64 BLACKHEADED GULLS on the College Sports Pitch, and a mixed group of Thrushes in the Tall Hedge at Migrant Alley, including FIELDFARE, REDWING, BLACKBIRD and SONGTHRUSH.
Most of the rest of the day was spent watching the garden feeders, where it was excellent to see 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers together on various feeders, as well as the NUTHATCH, COAL TIT and a GOLDCREST, making up some of the 19 species that visited.
Not a good day for the camera, but I did try to get some photo's from the garden, below is the Coal Tit