However, it wasn't all doom and gloom, the sighting of a small flock of 18 LAPWING flying over the Ashes Lane Field was a cheery sight, nearby over at the Pub Field the KESTREL made light of the conditions and was hovering effortlessly on the cold wind.
A nice surprise awaited me on the Main Lake, no less than six TEAL (62) dropped in, five being female, a real treat for me on my patch especially at the lakes, Teal are more often seen in the Wet Woods, still, i'll take them anywhere, a good species for the November list :-) I spied at least 1 MANDARIN DUCK hidden in the tangle of branches that overhang the water on the Main Lake, where 7 MALLARD were also seen, the MUTE SWANS and a few MOORHEN, plus the KINGFISHER on the Ornamental Lake made for quite a good collection of water birds for these normally empty water bodies!
The only other notables that were about this morning involved a couple of TREECREEPER seen in the Wet Woods, plus flyover LESSER REDPOLL, SISKIN and MEADOW PIPIT. Just one more new species for this month will make this the joint 5th best November, and two more will make it the joint 4th best, all I have to do is find them!!
I had no photo's for the blog today, then realised I had forgotten to put this Kestrel shot on from the other day, it's all there is left though!