One of the KESTRELS was up early at the Greenhouse Grounds though, and flyovers from, SISKIN, LESSER REDPOLL and YELLOWHAMMER were seen as I crossed Migrant Alley to get to the College Grounds, here it was not much better birdswise, but the likes of MISTLETHRUSH, NUTHATCH, GOLDCREST, JAY, and SONGTHRUSH were eventually found.
I made my way back out across Migrant Alley, through the Pub Field and Tree Nursery, then on to the Lakes and Scrubby Woods, only adding a few flyover HERRING GULLS, two flyover BLACK HEADED GULLS and a PHEASANT to the mornings list as I went.
Things picked up marginally at the lakes and Scrubby Woods, I found a CHIFFCHAFF by the main lake, but little was on the water, just 2 MALLARD, 3 CANADA GEESE and a scattering of MOORHENS, with a KINGFISHER putting in an appearance. A flock of ten Lesser Redpoll flew over the Scubby Woods, as well as a few more Siskin. BULLFINCH, TREECREEPER, COAL TIT, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GOLDFINCH, GREENFINCH, and a BUZZARD that flew from its roost tree made the list up to 39, the fortieth species was REDWING, four were seen flying out of a Hawthorn bush.
Moving on through the Wet Woods, and the Small Holding, I added GREEN WOODPECKER, and at last a GREAT TIT, which was with a flock of LONG TAILED TITS, 42 species would be a little less than average for an October morning, but I wasn't happy with that, so I went over to the Greenhouse Grounds for another look around there, and what a difference from when I passed through in the darkness three hours earlier, the scrub was teeming with BLUE and Great Tits, WRENS, DUNNOCKS, ROBINS, BLACKBIRDS, Songthrushes, another Chiffchaff, and a female BLACKCAP. A LITLE OWL called from the Greenhouse copse, while overhead flyovers from GREY HERON, 2 HOUSE MARTIN, 2 SKYLARK and 4 MEADOW PIPIT made up the daylist to 49. As I was deciding to head off home, the months first GREY WAGTAIL (65) flew past, calling like mad, the reason for its manic alarm call was a SPARROWHAWK that came through and sat on the Greenhouses, so the morning ended on 51 species, an excellent haul for such a dark and damp morning.
My camera stayed at home due to the poor conditions, but by midday a window of sunshine was beginning to appear, so I took the opportunity to sit and wait for the Jays to arrive at the garden feeders, here's the resulting photo's of them, plus a Buzzard that flew over my house :-)