Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Only a very quick mid morning patch visit was possible today, the 90 minutes I spent out was in some initially drizzley and dull conditions, but it cheered up a bit and became quite warm for the time of year.

The lakes hadn't attracted anything new, but the the KINGFISHER and MUTE SWANS were still present. In the surrounding scrubby Woods a large mixed feeding flock gave me the chance to record most of the birds that reside here without any searching, as usual it consisted mostly of LONG TAILED TITS, but a few BLUE and GREAT TITS were present, as well as 2 COAL TITS, plus 2 TREECREEPERS, 2 GOLDCRESTS and a NUTHATCH. Both LESSER REDPOLL and SISKIN were heard flying over whilst I was in the wood.

On the way home I dropped in at the Greenhouse Grounds, and found the KESTREL pair, and watched a CORMORANT flyover, then suddenly the air was filled with a flock of around 40 birds, at first I thought they were GOLDFINCH, but although some were, the great majority were in fact LINNETS (60) the first recorded this month, it was worth the short trip out just to add those to the months list  ;-)

Garden photo's today, taken on Sunday -:
Great Spotted Woodpecker

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