Earlier this week I had another bird survey to complete in north Cumbria, not too far from Wigton, and I got it done just before the mini heat wave of Tuesday and Wednesday. Once again it was in some relatively young plantation woodland and it held a few birds. In no particular order I recorded three Lesser Redpolls, three Song Thrushes, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Coal Tit, three Willow Warblers, a Whitethroat, two Chiffchaffs, eleven Chaffinches and four Blackcaps.
Back home and in my garden during the afternoon I had a Grey Wagtail go over. Probably not a proper migrant but likely to be a local breeder or juvenile bird dispersing!
20th and 21st November - A marvellously calm day on the 20th with a light but cold NE breeze allowing us to get some decent counts in; wildfowl included 482 Wigeon, 21 Gadwall, 13...
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