Very light SW, overcast with sunny spells
Highlight today was the first Ring Ouzel of the autumn, a cracking male in the Freedown which then flew to Orchid Bottom and the Empty Wood. There was a scattering other other thrushes with at least 11 Song Thrushes, 10 Redwings, 17 Blackbirds and single Mistle Thrush and Fieldfare.
Chiffchaffs just about struggled into double figures with 11, while two Blackcaps remain. Last week's Cetti's Warbler remains at the Gun Emplacement but is very elusive.
There was a steady overhead passage with around 80 Meadow Pipits, 14 alba wagtails, nine Bramblings, one Lesser Redpoll, eight Reed Buntings.
The absence of any crests this late in the autumn is odd but a fair reflection of how poor this autumn is. A single Goldcrest was found late afternoon at the Gun Emplacement might have qualified for bird of the day had it not been for the ouzel.
As ever- tomorrow look good.
Brendan, Nigel, Simon, and Richard