Away from the main reserve, a skein of Pink-footed Geese flew north this morning at around 9am, 60+. This was actually a year tick for my Church Marsh list, which I just cannot see reaching the 100 before New Year. A mixed Siskin and Redpoll flock did not linger for observational purposes, but a Goldcrest in a Tit flock did! The churchyard was buzzing with Thrushes: Mistle, Redwing, Fieldfare and Blackbird all waiting patiently in the treetops to feed on berries below.
I then popped over to Wheatfen, and scored an unexpected patch tick. A Nuthatch was heard calling near the cottage, and the warden was on hand to inform me that a pair had been present for the last year or two. Not sure how I have missed them, but more than happy to add them to my list on a wet and windy November day. On top of this, 1/2 Brambling were seen and heard wheezing in Surlingham Wood- my first of this Winter anywhere on the patch. Love a good Brambling.
Goodbye to the Whaley Hide
The sluice; former position of the hide was behind the scrub to the right
Fungi at Wheatfen. Fly Agaric I think. although someone has had more than a nibble.
Stunning Autumnal colours in Surlingham Wood, Wheatfen.