I did manage to get out for a couple of hours though, but very little was seen. A KINGFISHER was again present at the lakes, where there was an increase in MALLARD numbers, 18 being seen in all, but there was no sign of the Little Grebe today. A LESSER REDPOLL called continuously whilst flying over the Scrubby Woods, where only a few BULLFINCH and GOLDCREST were of any note.
The Male KESTREL was hunting around the Greenhouse Grounds / Ashes Lane Fields and two MEADOW PIPITS flew from the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley. The best bird seen today was a BLACKCAP, a female was seen in the pile of old raspberry canes at the Greenhouse Grounds.
Later in the morning and into the afternoon I decided to see what my garden was attracting, the Sparrowhawk hasn't been around for two days now and the birds are pouring back to the feeders ;-)
Here's a lsit of what was seen today, with peak counts :-
3 Great spotted Woodpeckers
1 Treecreeper ( the second one to visit this year)
12 Collared Doves
2 House Sparrows
1 Coal Tit
14 Blue Tit
1 Long Tailed Tit
20 species in all, the Treecreeper takes the October garden tally to 25 species, which is the joint second best October count, joint with 2007 and 2012 :-)
Ive got a few images from the garden, I took these during the last few days......