I spent a couple of hours out none-the-less, recording just 36 species, a mixed feeding flock at the Scrubby Woods accounted for a good percentage of those, with LONG TAILED TIT, COAL TIT, BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, CHAFFINCH and GOLDCREST all feeding together busily, not far away the calls of BULLFINCH and JAY were heard, also a flock of a dozen GOLDFINCH feeding in an Alder tree attracted the first LESSER REDPOLL (51) of the month. On the adjacent lakes, just the KINGFISHER was of any note.
The only other noteworthy species found this morning were, a MEADOW PIPIT that flew from the Ashes Lane Field, it probably wasn't alone, but I didn't want to walk through the grassland and flush them all up. Once again a flock of 67 BLACK HEADED GULLS was out on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, with them were 2 COMMON GULLS and 50+ ROOKS, plus the 250 or so STARLINGS.
It was quite disappointing to have only found the one new species for the month today, as semi regular species like Mistlethrush, Skylark, Little Owl or any Geese have yet to be found. If the sun is seen tomorrow it will be a December tick!!!
Redpolls from my archives...................