Wednesday 4th November 2015
A bit of local birding today again with the faint hope of finding a lingering migrant. Certainly judging from the intense insect life around the River Anker today such a bird would have no problems surviving. The only outgoing migrant I did see was a single Chiffchaff but there were plenty of new comers with Chaffinches being particularly well represented but no sign of any Brambling amongst them yet. The Stonechats at Caldecote had moved on but the fields of winter Wheat and areas of rough ground along the River had plenty of birdlife. Small groups of Redwing, Fieldfare, Reed Bunting, Meadow pipit, Skylark 20+, Linnet, Goldfinch Heron 4, Cormorant 3, Single, Kestrel, Siskin, and Song Thrush. Following the river Anker from Leathermill Lane north towards Mancetter the usual Grey Wagtails were soon in evidence but despite the insects and overhanging bushes there were few birds on show in this area with no sign of any Tree sparrows.