I spent four hours out on my patch, from dawn onwards, finding not too much of note, the KESTREL pair were seen mating at the Greenhouse Grounds first thing and 36 REDWING were seen flying over Migrant Alley.
Paddocks and Sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, viewing from the Greenhouse Grounds
I made my way over to the lakes via the Ashes lane Fields, noting 3 Gull species flyover as I went, those being BLACK HEADED, HERRING and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, also 2 MEADOW PIPITS got up from the sheep pasture there and the LITTLE OWL was seen sitting in the old shack.
A view of part of the Ashes lane Fields, looking towards the Wet Woods. The fence line has the drainage ditch concealed beneath it, this is where the Stonechats have been found this Autumn.
Very little was to be found on the lakes again, just a male MANDARIN DUCK was with a dozen MALLARD on the main lake of note. The adjacent Scrubby Woods had a roving LONG TAILED TIT flock moving through it, with which I spotted a CHIFFCHAFF 2 GOLDCRESTS and a COAL TIT, as well as the expected BLUE and GREAT TITS. A TREECREEPER was heard calling, as was a NUTHATCH, plus a flock of 5 BULLFINCH were seen, a JAY squawked noisily and both the GREEN WOODPECKER and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS were also heard.
Walking back homewards, I saw a BUZZARD circling over the Wet Woods, and a couple of SKYLARKS called as they flew overhead.
I took advantage of the sunny conditions this afternoon and stocked up on a few images from my garden feeders, here's a couple of the GOLDFINCHES, they are the most numerous species at the moment :-)