Grey Wagtail, in the late afternoon sun – Scarrow Beck
It’s the end of October and still very mild – there were clouds of insects up the lane as I returned from my afternoon walk around the park. Nothing particular of note, just a good selection of the resident species and plenty of wildfowl on the lake. The Little Egret was perched in a tree near the viewing screen, later flying to feed in Boat-house Bay. The Gadwall numbers are still creeping up, at least 180 now present, along with a dozen or so Tufted Duck, ten Wigeon and four Teal. There was a lovely 1st winter Grey Wagtail feeding on the out-flow and five Meadow Pipit in the rough grazing meadow below the dam. A female Bullfinch was, unusually, sat out in a Hawthorn by the edge of the water meadow, with another two on the outskirts of the village. This morning I took a trip to Sustead Common, where there were yet more Bullfinch, a couple of Golden Plover and three Fieldfare flying over, five Siskin feeding in the Alders and, best of all, a Woodcock, flushed from the side of the Gur Beck, near the connecting foot-bridge.