19th November 2016

One of the Firecrests was still in Pages Acre (an addition for IGM) and a small influx of Siskins was noticeable, with six feeding in a birch in Banstead Woods and a further three flying over the farm. Two Mallards whizzed over the farm. Machinery moving in Skylark Field late in the afternoon attracted an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, around 80 Black-headed Gulls and 22 Herring Gulls to pitch down; earlier on, an adult Common Gull was quartering.

Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, Skylark Field

Other sightings at the farm included two Sparrowhawks, four Common Buzzards, 20 Stock Doves, around 60 Skylarks, 13 Fieldfares, two Redwings, four Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, two Pied Wagtails, a Meadow Pipit, three Greenfinches, 70 Linnets and three Yellowhammers.

 The Woods held six Bullfinches and another Common Buzzard.

A Red Admiral flew along the edge of Pages Acre.

David Campbell (photo), Ian Magness, Qasim Syed and Ian Ward