11th November

It was a pleasant, near-calm day that produced some reasonable birding. Highlights included singles of Reed Bunting and Cormorant over the farm and two Stonechats in Hither Field, where a Grey Heron flew over. A brief listening session at the farm in the evening produced six Little Owls, a Tawny Owl and a Barn Owl. Also of some note were three Rooks, four Common Buzzards and a scattering of around 40 Skylarks at the farm (plus two more over the Woods, where the species is uncommon) and around 470 Starlings, many of which were moving west in small flocks and surely of continental origin. Winter thrushes remain relatively thin on the ground, with 33 Fieldfares and two Redwings at the farm, and around 20 more of the latter feeding in the Woods. Three Meadow Pipits, two Pied Wagtails and 50 Linnets were at the farm, Lunch Wood had a Bullfinch and two more were heard around The Scrub.

Common Buzzard, Lunch Wood

♂ Great Spotted Woodpecker, Legal & General

Kestrel, Infront George

Little Owl

Pied Wagtail

David Campbell (photos), Paul Goodman and Ian Jones