|Starling On the Suet Block, Back At Home|
Today was another day where someone forgot to turn the lights on!! A dense cloud cover persisted all day, but at least it stayed dry for my three and a half hour patch visit this morning, which provided me with 42 species, still a bit low for a November day.
Right from the off it was again evident that WOODPIGEONS were on the move, many hundreds headed south in flocks of 70-100, in fact good proportion of todays sightings were flyovers, with GREY HERON, PIED WAGTAIL, LINNET, REDPOLL, SKYLARK, LESSER BLACK BACKED, HERRING and BLACK HEADED GULL, MISTLE THRUSH, KESTREL, and 4 CORMORANTS, (another was also on the main lake fishing) all seen going over, the best flyover however, was of two flocks of LAPWING (54) one of 8 and one of 14, always good to see them, better if they were on one of the fields though :-)
There were many more FIELDFARE about today, with several small flocks seen in various places on my patch, these no doubt fresh arrivals, coming in on the stiff NW breeze, not one Redwing was seen today though. Other sightings of note were the farmland species at Migrant Alley, which again included 6 YELLOWHAMMER, and 8 MEADOW PIPIT, while BULLFINCH, TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, SISKIN, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER and a SPARROWHAWK were seen at the more wooded end of my patch, the Sprawk was shown to me by 3 MAGPIES, who noisily mobbed it in a tall oak :-)
This afternoon I ordered myself a large bag of wheat............I'm going to spread it in the bottoms of the hedgerows at Migrant Alley, and around the scrubby area at the Greenhouse Complex to try and attract a few birds in, mainly Yellowhammers, but who knows what may turn up, hmmmm....probably Pheasants!!