A short walk up Chapel Lane and across ploughed and harrowed fields proved worthwhile this morning as I registered my 1st lesser redpolls of the year. 6 birds flew over high, heading west. A mainly migratory bird, th redpoll arrives at this time of the year from Scandinavia, its breeding ground.
Also on ffer were large numbers of corvids, including several jays. Long tailed tits were abundant in conifers along the path behind Home Farm and a party of 50+ starlings were enjoying the newly turned soil.
Photos attached show a kestrel which appeared from a beech tree, a recently released pheasant, ready for the first shoot of the year in early November, a starling, this a first year bird, a garden blue tit and some autumnal leaves.
As I type, a large white butterfly is enjoying the unseasonally warm temperatures, with the garden thermometer reading 18C.