Marston,Sat.12thOct 2013.

My first visit for a few weeks, and a different variety of birds. Winter thrushes just starting to come in, a flock of hungry blackbirds, 20 strong, were accompanied by a few song thrushes. A couple of mistle thrushes showed and a handful of redwings flew over from the north. Robins seemed to be all over the place.

Two little egrets were on Mill lane pool, now slightly more viewable as the vegetation dies back. This species is now regular here.

About fifty lapwings, sixteen curlews, a green sand and a snipe made up the wader count.

A cetti’s was heard and a couple of water rails squealed from the reeds. A smart grey wagtail was on show.

On the turf field near the works entrance 75 pied wags were feeding, along with about 20 meadow pipits. A chiffchaff and a bullfinch were with tit flocks.

250 odd greylags looked set to stay. I can recognise most of the odd looking hybrids that are part of the flock, but a leucistic individual today was new.

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