The first bird on the list this morning was a KESTREL up hunting over the field to the front of my house, MAGPIE, MISTLE THRUSH, JACKDAW, DUNNOCK, BLACKBIRD and HOUSE SPARROW all followed in quick succession. I got as far as the Greenhouse Grounds, just a couple of minutes walk away, when the first of many WOODPIGEON flocks were seen going over, a continuation of the movement seen yesterday. As I watched the Woodpigeons, two COMMON BUZZARDS drifted low over, then two BRAMBLINGS flew over calling, with three more close behind, and above them a possible 15 others were seen, but they were too high to be sure, even the five I did confirm is a record peak count for my patch :-) Also heard going over a few seconds later, was a LESSER REDPOLL, the first of a dozen or so heard during my walk. More REDWING and FIELDFARE flocks were seen going west as I crossed Migrant Alley, and a CORMORANT flew over heading towards the lakes.
The College Grounds was a bit livelier than yesterday, with COAL TIT, GOLDCREST, SONGTHRUSH, and a small group of six GREENFINCH, the biggest gathering on my patch for a while, all being seen. A KINGFISHER flew from one of the small ponds as I arrived, and the first of many SISKIN heard this morning flew over calling. Once again the sports pitch was home to around 100 BLACK HEADED GULLS, where a single LAPWING that flew over was a bonus.
Making my way over to the lakes, I passed through the Pub Field, and Tree Nursery, finding a few of the regular species, like GREEN WOODPECKER, MEADOW PIPIT, PIED WAGTAIL, and LONG TAILED TIT, plus flyovers from SKYLARK, HERRING GULL and more Redwing, Fieldfare, Siskin and Redpoll.
On the lakes this morning there were 6 MALLARD, a COOT, and 6 MOORHEN, the Scrubby Woods provided good views of BULLFINCH and NUTHATCH, with the likes of GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, JAY, and another Kestrel also showing up.
Nothing to add to the months list today, which at 73 species is the second best October to date, it will be difficult to find anymore species, but not impossible, maybe a Snipe will turn up during next weeks visits :-)
The camera stayed at home today, but here's some garden bird species I photo'd yesterday.