Sunday, 18 November 2012

Sunday November 18

A sunny and rather frosty morning. Dave and I had a good thrash round and I eventually added a rather soft year-tick, number 117 equalling last year's effort, in the form of an adult Great Black-backed Gull flying with four Lessers far in the distance over Redditch.

Apart from this it was pretty quiet. We counted at least 46 Skylarks over the stubble field, there were 115 Greylag Geese on the flash, there were still around 100 or so Fieldfares and Redwings in evidence, plus 40 Starlings which seem to be exploiting the stubble field containing the Skylarks.

Lesser Redpoll
 It was slightly better for finches, particularly at the south end, and we estimated 50 Linnets, 80 Goldfinches, 80 Chaffinches, 10 Siskins and at least eight Lesser Redpolls. The latter seemed particularly attracted to the seeds of Travellers Joy in the hedgerow at the southern extreme of the patch.

In general, however, the autumn continues to be a little disappointing for both the diversity and the numbers of species on offer.

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