Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Winter Draws on.

Another wintry day, with little opportunity for photography, but some interesting bird movements. I quite like this row of trees at the top of pond lane, a reminder of times gone by when the fields were smaller and were surrounded by hedges and trees.

The main interested today was the amount of visible migration. There were lots of small parties of Goldfinches with a few Redpolls and Siskins for company. One Stonechat was around the Bluebird Tearooms but I didn't see a Black Redstart today. (The tearooms reopened for business today after a prolonged closure). A late Barn Swallow was the first I've seen for a while.

In the Paddock and the fields down to the farm there were still a few Fieldfares. Redwings popped out of the hedges briefly before flying off. The number of Goldcrests was down on yesterday, but they seem to be a pretty mobile lot, moving along the hedges around Farm Wood, so I may be just a case of connecting with them. Today there was at least one Firecrest in the flock and we saw it (or possibly two) on three occasions as the flock moved up the Droveway. Two Pink-footed Geese flying up the Channel was a surprise and added some variety.
Back in the garden the influx of Goldfinches was evident with at least 10 coming onto the feeders.

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