I expect everyone is seeing them, but we first noticed Fieldfares were about in the garden last weekend (1/2nd November. There was a flock of around 25-30 of them. Since then they've been around feeding on windfall apples.
We hear it is to be a particularly good year for Waxwings which are currently arriving on the east coast from the Continent. Really beutiful birds when you see them. They are also keen feeders on autumn berries and apples. Watch out for them over the next few weeks.
Another autumn migrant has just arrived; just in case you need reminding that autumn has arrived! I saw my first Fieldfares yesterday Oct 2nd, a group of about six or seven birds flying over a stubble field. Fieldfares breed mainly in Scandinavia and over winter here feeding on berries, so unlike last year, we may see them around for some time.
May be not a winter migrant, but it is still exciting to have been watching a Mistle Thrush sitting in the top of a tree. The Mistle Thrush is one of those birds that you hear before you see them. Think of the sound of a wooded football rattle! You can see pictures and hear the
Yet more evidence that the autumn migration is well under way, I have just been handed a Brambling. This Chaffinch sized bird which probably hatched in Scandinavia will have crossed the North sea to avoid the harsh winter.
This autumn my first sighting of Pink-footed geese was on September 7th and I could only hear them and I did not see them at all. However on Friday 24th October I could hear large number of Pink-feet in the air. This time I could see them to try and get a count. That was to prove difficult! When I count birds flying over, in large numbers I try and count in units of tens or hundreds. On this occasion it was going to be a challenge, the sky was full of geese with wave after wave passing over, so fast that they were passing faster than I could count them. In the end the best count that I came up with was about 3,000. Other people have also been reporting large numbers of Pink-feet about this autumn. The SWT at Montrose basin had a count on the basin of just short of 80,000 which is an all time record for them. Now that is a lot of geese!