Once the Rain had cleared through, I popped back home to change my wet jeans and fleece, then headed out across the Tree Nursery to get to the Lakes and Scrubby Woods. Upon crossing the Tree Nursery, I heard the call of SISKINS, I looked up to see a flock dive down into the greenhouse Grounds, where at the same time a flock of GOLDFINCH came up and mingled with them, I dont know how many Siskin there were but the combined flock was around 75 - 100 strong. Almost immediately after that, I had a fllock of around 40 REDWING (62) zoom low over my head, the first of the Autumn, great to have them back, I look forward to them being regulars now until early April :-) More Redwing went over throughout the rest of the visit, flocks of 8, 6, 16 and 27 were noted as well as a few singles, with the flock of 16 was a lone FIELDFARE.
Over at the lakes and Scrubby Woods, it was very much as yesterday, with the exception of a KINGFISHER on the main lake. 5 BULLFINCH fed in a Hawthorn, and a LONG TAILED TIT flock had a TREECREEPER with it.
As the sky was now clearing and the sun was begining to come out, I made another trip to Migrant Alley for a skywatch, which proved interesting, for as well as the usual KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK, I saw 6 HOUSE MARTINS and two SWALLOWS, a female BLACKCAP was seen briefly in the tall hedge adjacent to my seat, the 5th summer species recorded, it's always interesting when October throws together a mix of both Winter and Summer species :-)