Although it is remarkably mild this week- and especially today, there are signs of autumn around us. Flocks of redwings have been arriving from around the 12th October and are often seen and heard on the reserve now. The odd single fieldfare has been noted and several lesser redpolls and single siskins are about.
On Sandy Heath, on the land opposite the reserve entrance, where we are planting wildlife friendly crops, bird numbers are building up; with up to four stonechats, c.30 reed buntings, c.100 linnets and small groups of skylarks,and redwings on the crops and grass areas and flying overhead..
redwing.Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com)
Quick sightings update...At least c 8 stonechats and 2 whinchats, all together in scrubby area east of the conifer plantation, on Sandy Heath ( land opposite The Lodge reserve)