A morning walk tracing the path of my local stream which joins the river Yeo about three kilometers down stream.

Weather:   Overcast and dull, 6C.


My quest to find a flock of Siskin found me walking along my local stream where a string of mature Alder Trees wind there way across open fields following the path of the stream. I have seen Kingfisher, Dipper and Grey Wagtail feeding along this stretch of water in past years but none were present today.

After 30 minutes or so I had logged very few species, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Herring Gull, Robin, Blackbird, Chaffinch and Dunnock. Then I bumped into a Long-tailed-tit Flock that was joined by Goldcrest, Treecreeper and about 20 Goldfinches fed nearby.

Redwing - taken in very poor light

A Mistle Thrush began singing just then and a Robin joined in, whilst searching for the Thrush a large flock of more 50 Redwings landed in a tree not too far away. After watching them for a while (checking everyone just in case........) it began to rain, so off home I went, fair-weather Birder you might say? Yes I might answer!