A great morning for birding at The Lodge; a couple of bullfinches, a woodcock, a grey wagtail at the hide, fifty + yellowhammers with a few linnets, fieldfare, song thrush, and over the road on Sandy Heath - mixed flocks of over 650 reed buntings, linnets, yellowhammers,with around a dozen skylarks, with some singing, and several meadow pipits!
After seeing my first yellowhammer on the reserve in December, there are now an impressive number of 50 in a flock in scrub and broom on the edge of Sandy Ridge today, viewable in the wind and rain from the extension car-park.
There are very few redpolls or siskins around at the moment, the flock that was here before Christmas seems to have moved on. Likewise with bramblings, fieldfares and redwings, so it will probably take a spell of cold weather before we see these birds turn up again.
Yellowhammer-Tom Marshall RSPB Images.