A bit more excitement today in Area's 4 & 5 a Cormorrant was battling the strong winds heading W. In with the feeding Goldfinch flock were at least 3 Siskin. Between Ripplestream Bridge and Kingfisher Bridge, was a mixed flock of Blue Tit, Great Tit & Long tailed Tit . The best bird of the morning however was a Lesser Redpoll sitting in the trees to the rear of Arthur Road.
In Area 5 a pair of Mallard were on the pond before being flushed by a dog who jumped in for a swim. A Grey Heron was also seen feeding on the Emm between Ripplestream Bridge and Dragonfly Bridge.
Not a lot to report today in Area 5 a female Blackcap was feeding on Rowan berries in a neighbours garden and a flock of approx 70 Wood Pigeons were heading S.
Highlights of my wanderings in Area 4 & 5 on a windy morning were a Grey Heron flying from the Emm followed by 2 Mallard that had been flushed by a dog walker. A Grey Wagtail feeding by Kingfisher Bridge,2 Red Kite and a Buzzard struggling in the wind.
Paul Bright-Thomas was in his Area 4 garden watching the skies this morning and saw a Lesser Redpoll , 2 singing Song Thrush,2 Siskin high heading SE, 2 Linnet going NW and a Brambling high moving SE.
A visit to Area 10 at lunchtime, produced 20 Fieldfare, a solitary Siskin with Goldfinch. A Magpie was filling itself up on berries from the Spindleberry bush.
On the pond in Area 5 today a pair of Mallard were seen by Pat Taylor.
In another morning spent "eyes to the skies" in his Area 4 garden,
Paul Bright-Thomas had a Cormorant flying SW, a Stock Dove in a display flight, 5 Siskin heading W, 11 Fieldfare over in several small groups,13 Herring Gull and 50 Wood Pigeon heading SE. the first significant flock of the autumn.
A Mistle Thrush was enjoying the view from a neighbours TV aerial this morning.
Todays very wet start to the day meant birds were confined to those in the garden on my feeders were Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch and Goldfinch flying over were Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow and a soggy lookingRed Kite .
Over his Area 4 garden this morning Paul Bright-Thomas had a Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing and a Moorhen on the Emm Brook.
A Bullfinch was seen in Area 4 by Paul Bright-Thomas .