Singing male Siskin, Felbrigg Park
I walked through Felbrigg Park on my way to Gresham yesterday morning, at the height of the gale. Not surprisingly most of the smaller birds were keeping their heads down. There were around twenty Teal on the water meadow, a male Shoveler – first I’ve seen in a few weeks, and a pair of Oystercatcher. Also there were three species of gulls roosting up – Herring, Common – mostly immature birds and Black-headed. On the main lake a few pairs of Gadwall remain along with around eighteen Tufted Duck and the usual Mallard flock. There were a handful of Siskin calling in the Alders by the screen.
After my meeting, I walked back up Mill Lane and past the reservoir. A Chiffchaff was in the bushes below the bank and there was a pair of Canada Geese and six Tufted on the water.