The last of the regular species that havn't been seen yet this month, the SONGTHRUSH (51) was eventually seen over in the Scrubby Woods, but I was disappointed not to record my first Geese of the month. On the other hand, a cracking male MANDARIN DUCK (52) was seen out on the main lake, along with a CORMORANT, the former hasn't been recorded here since May.
Another first for the month was a REED BUNTING (53), a scarce bird here, one dropped down into the Tree Nursery, after flying in from a quite a distance away, calling all the while. Over at Migrant Alley, 8 MEADOW PIPITS, 12 SKYLARKS, 4 YELLOWHAMMERS, and 7 LINNETS were a welcome increase in activity here, and behind the College Stables a good flock of 23 HOUSE SPARROWS with 5 CHAFFINCH, 6 GOLDFINCH and two PIED WAGTAILS were feeding on a seemingly muddy paddock, but there must have been something there for them!
In the College Grounds the best sighting was of 4 LESSER REDPOLLS in a Silver Birch, but also a LONG TAILED TIT flock was actively feeding in the gardens, along with a TREECREEPER. Only two HERRING GULLS and 4 BLACK HEADED GULLS flew over, a big decrease for them compared to recent visits, while also going over was an obvious movement of WOODPIGEONS, many flocks of approx 70 -100 birds were all going south, not a single raptor was seen today, quite unusual.
Just 39 species were recorded in the 3 hour visit, a bit below average, but the months total moves on to 53, which puts it in 9th place out of the ten Novembers so far recorded.
|The camera stayed at home again today, but in a slightly brighter spell this afternoon, I took this WOODPIGEON pic from the back garden|