A two hour patch visit today, mostly looking around the Lakes and Scrubby Woods, was slightly more lively than of late, with some of the passerines returning from wherever they had disappeared to. I was pleased to see the first TREECREEPER (52) of the month, it was with a small mixed feeding flock of LONG TAILED TITS, BLUE TITS, GREAT TITS and GOLDCRESTS that moved along the banks of the main lake, there was, however, nothing but MALLARDS and MOORHENS out on the water.
SISKIN, BULLFINCH, NUTHATCH, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER, JAY and MISTLETHRUSH were the best of what was seen in the Scrubby Woods.
It was still very empty as far as birds were concerned over on the farmland areas of my patch, but I did get to see a couple of LINNETS (53) fly over, the first for November, they could well be the last I see here until spring. The only other noteworthy find was the KESTREL pair that sat up on the greenhouses.
Later in the morning, there was a window of opportunity to get some garden bird photo's from my feeders back home, activity is still well below normal, but at least the Sparrowhawk kept away too!
The Nuthatches always provide good photographic poses
A neat female CHAFFINCH was very wary as it ate the sunflower hearts
Anywhere between 4 and 11 COLLARED DOVES hoover up the seed!