Not the first geese this autumn by any means, but there was a great skein of Pink-footed Geese passing over Abernyte on Friday 16th October. I estimated about 600 or more of them. Many smaller skeins have been passing over since around 12th September I think. Would be greatful if anyone noted the first that they saw as we were down south around that time.
The bird ringers had a thrilling catch in our garden this weekend ( Sunday 18th October) whe we caught our first Brambling of the year, its rich yellow underwing and rust orange patches match the colours of the autumn leaves! One of my favourites as you can tell.
We have also had some larger groups of Long-tailed Tits going around the garden, and Diana along the road has had a Grey Wagtail in her garden around the 11th October, an unusual visitor although she always has the Pied Wagtails.
It looks as though there have been some successful breeding Great Spotted Woodpeckers as there are several different juveniles visiting the peanuts. The young ones are still recognisable by their red caps.