A pair of GREY WAGTAILS flew from the water intake area of the Greenhouse Grounds, where the SISKIN and GOLDFINCH flock had been joined once again by half a dozen LESSER REDPOLLS.
Siskin, early this morning
This female was enjoying a good preen :-)
I watched a skein of 16 GREYLAG GEESE fly over the birdless pasture and paddcoks of Migrant Alley, flyovers from SKYLARK, BLACK HEADED GULL and HERRING GULL were also seen, plus a nice orderly line of 6 CORMORANTS.
3 of the 6 Cormorants that flew over
A walk across the Ashes lane Fields produced the long staying MEADOW PIPITS, maybe 4 - 6 birds being present, also 11 FIELDFARE flew low over ''Chacking'' all the while.
Once again the lakes were poor for wildfowl, the only visitor being a GREY HERON on the small lake, the MALLARDS had reduced to just 6 in number. The adjacent Scrubby Woods had the regular GOLDCREST, NUTHATCH, LONG TAILED TIT, BULLFINCH, SONGTHRUSH, 6 more Siskin, plus a BUZZARD that must have roosted there and overhead the male KESTREL was seen again.
This BLACKBIRD was feasting on the hawthorn berries, shame the light had gone by now
I made the walk back to my seat for a sky watch, but my hours vigil only produced a few REDWING and a MISTLETHRUSH for the day. The Siskin, Goldfinch and Redpolls had moved on now the workers were at the Greenhouse Grounds, but the female KESTREL had turned up.