I undertook a four hour full patch walk, tallying up 43 species, which is just about what I would expect for a November day, unfortunately there were no new additions to the months list, just one more would make this November the most successful yet :-)
Among the most noteworthy birds seen today were the 3 raptor species of SPARROWHAWK, BUZZARD and the KESTREL pair, all of which were seen around the Greenhouse Grounds and Migrant Alley, also the GREY WAGTAIL and 2 YELLOWHAMMERS at the Greenhouse Grounds were good birds to find for the day list.
A minimum of 12 MEADOW PIPITS were at the Ashes Lane Fields, a good number for November, the Pub Field had just a single MISTLETHRUSH on it.
All the resident woodland species were found today, the best of those being TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, GOLDCREST, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER, JAY, COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, BULLFINCH and SONGTHRUSH, it was nice to find a party of at least 8 REDWING feeding on the wooded bank of the main lake, but nothing was visiting the water today, just the resident MUTE SWANS, MALLARDS, MOORHENS and semi resident COOT pair :-)
The weather promises to be brighter tomorrow, so another full patch walk beckons, hopefully i'll find that one new species for the month to make it a record November, surely a Mandarin Duck will turn up at the lakes!
My friendly Garden ROBIN