Thursday, 17 November 2016

After a reasonably bright start to the day, cloud increased, bringing some hefty showers by mid morning.

I just about about finished a full patch walk before the wind and rain arrived, finding a total of 41 bird species in all, none were new for the November list, which at 58 is still only the ninth highest for the fifteen years of recording, and is still 8 species short of the mean average species tally for the previous 5 Novembers.

Highlights for the day were few, hearing 4 different SONGTHRUSH in song was undoubtedly one, the best of the rest for today were; a KINGFISHER on the main lake, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, a flock of 12 LONG TAILED TITS, a group of 5 BULLFINCHES, plus at least 6 GOLDCRESTS, all at the Scrubby Woods, where the CHIFFCHAFF was again seen. A pair of MISTLETHRUSH, 3 FIELDFARE and a REDWING at the Small Holding Area.

The KESTREL pair hunted between the Ashes Lane Fields and the Greenhouse Grounds, but only MEADOW PIPIT was of note out on the sheep pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley today.

An attempt to get some garden bird photo's to brighten the post ended in failure, it's just too dark!

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