In the better conditions I undertook a 5 hour full patch walk, in which 44 bird species were recorded, nothing new for the month was found, but there was plenty to keep me interested none the less.
The SISKIN / GOLDFINCH flock, of around 50-60 birds, were feeding in the Alder trees at the Greenhouse Grounds again, where they were joined by at least 5 LESSER REDPOLL, but just one GREENFINCH and 3 LINNET were associating with the flock. A CHIFFCHAFF called from the nearby nettle bed, the only one recorded today. The hundreds of GREYLAG and CANADA GEESE made their morning journey to somewhere south of my patch again.
There was a male BLACKCAP at the Scrubby Woods, where NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, BULLFINCH, GOLDCREST, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 3 MISTLETHRUSH and a few more Siskin were the best of the other species seen there today.
On the lakes just 40 or so Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 4 MALLARDS and 4 MOORHEN were present.
My sky watch back at Migrant Alley provided the rest of the more interesting species seen today, with the 3 regular raptor species all up hunting, the KESTREL around the greenhouses, the SPARROWHAWK around the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, and the amazing sight of first 1, then 3, then five and finally 6 BUZZARDS all interacting low over the greenhouses / Ashes Lane Fields. SKYLARKS, MEADOW PIPITS and more Siskins were also seen flying over, along with small numbers of HERRING GULLS and BLACK HEADED GULLS .
Whilst at home, around midday, I noticed a Goldfinch on the Teasels in my garden, the very reason I planted them, enabling me some ''Goldfinch on teasel'' images :-) As I took a few photo's, I saw 2 Lesser Redpolls drop in and use the feeders, the 30th species to use my garden this year,but before I could even turn the camera on them, the Sparrowhawk came dashing through, narrowly missing the Goldfinch........ the Repolls left in a hurry and were not seen again! Also, of note, I had my first HOUSE SPARROW of the month in my garden.
Goldfinch On Teasel.
The light was coming from the wrong angle to please me though!
The nearby ROBIN was crying out to be photographed as well!