A late start and a slow walk around Area 4 & 5 this morning. The weather is still mild and both Buzzard & Red Kite were enjoying the skies. A Coal Tit was on the garden feeders, with Blue Tit & Great Tit . In the riverside bushes Dunnock & House Sparrow were seen.A Moorhen was on the river.
In Area 4 this morning between ripple stream Bridge and Kingfisher Bridge 3 female and 1 male Bullfinch were seen in the bushes alongside the Emm.20 Redwing flew over and a flock of 15 Siskin were feeding in the Alder trees by the pond.
At 1500 today at least 20 Herring Gull were fying over Area 5 in small flocks. earlier in the day the Little Egret flew over Brookside heading for the river at 13:00.
In Area 5 this morning at 10:39 the Little Egret flew over Brookside heading for the river.
Area 4 & 5 this morning. No sign of the Little Egret but a report from a dog walker that 2 had been seen mid-week in the Emm to the rear of Morrissons. Near Kingfisher Bridge 2 Goldcrest were feeding in the trees.Also seen on the walk were Grey Wagtail and Great spotted Woodpecker .
A bit of a change today as I went for a walk around Area 2 to the rear of Tesco's. The area is a bit more rural and it was no suprise to see Rook,Jackdaw and Carrion Crow feeding in the fields. On the riverside trees by the bridge on the drive to Ludgrove School, a feeding flock comprising Siskin, Goldfinch, Blue Tit and Great Tit nearby, and probably connected was a flock of 15 Long tailed Tits . On a small flood on an adjacent field were 12 Mallard and 2 Egyptian Goose .
The Little Egret was seen again this morning in the Emm in Area 5, to the rear of Morrissons before flying to the riverside trees by Ripplestream Bridge. At least 15 Redwing were feeding in the open space to the rear of Windmill School and its good to hear the Song Thrush singing again in the dawn chorus, that seems to have started again. A Kingfisher was seen flying along the Emm Brook in Area 10 at Dinton Pastures by Richard Marsh.
It would appear that the Little Egret has now taken up residence alongside the Emm in Area 5, to the rear of Morrissons. It was again seen this morning in the Brook, before flying to the riverside trees. Also seen was a Cormorrant heading W. A Green Woodpecker feeding on a neighbours front lawn and a Grey Wagtail in the Brook by Kingfisher Bridge.
In Area 5 this morning a Little Egret was in the trees by the Emm near Ripplestream Bridge . 5 Siskin were amongst the Goldfinch flock. 15 Redwing were battling against the strong wind.
A Little Egret was seen walking across the open space near Ripplestream Bridge and a Grey Heron was feeding in the Emm.
Only because we are now in December do I feel it is ok to show a picture of a Robin seen in Area 5 this morning Robin .
In Area 4 this morning Paul Bright-Thomas was watching from his garden.His sightings included 2 Siskin flying over calling. 3 Song Thrush were seen, 1 singing and 2 high over NE. But the highlight of the morning was 5 Raven directly above his house , low SW, strung out in a group . The first two called softly, the others calling inaudibly.