A cold and drizzly morning did not deter a dedicated band of birders this morning, and we were rewarded with some good birds, many of which were almost certainly of Scandinavian and eastern European origin. A tantalising glimpse of a raptor (I would put my money on Peregrine but cannot rule out Sparrowhawk) set the pulses racing! Species seen and heard:

Starling - a good flock of at least 30 birds wheeling around in spectacular fashion were no doubt mostly migrants.
Mistle Thrush - 1 or 2 birds including a very obliging individual sat out in the open.
Blackbird - 2 or 3 seen.
Fieldfare - a group of 7 or 8 birds flew overhead. Visitors from Scandinavia.
Dunnock - 1 calling near the pond
Goldcrest - super views of at least 2 birds in a conifer near the pond.
Chaffinch - about half a dozen flying over or feeding in the trees.
Greenfinch - 5 or 6 seen, mainly flying over.
Goldcrest - hard to estimate numbers but seen or heard in ones and twos.
Lesser Black-backed Gull - seen several times drifting over.
Robin - I only heard 1 bird near Effingham Road!
Magpie 2 or 3 birds seen.
Jay - seen by at least one person in the group.
Long-tailed Tit - 5 or 6 showing well in the canopy.
Great Tit - in song and showing well.
Blue Tit - another obliging bird.
Carrion Crow - at least 1 heard cawing.
Woodpigeon - several around the park.
Pied Wagtail - 1 or 2 strutting their stuff near Effingham Road.
Raptor sp.

The next walk will be in January 2011. My thanks to all who have been on the walks in 2010.

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Comment by Jo Corke on November 21, 2010 at 15:19
Hi Des,

thanks for the bird walk - for seeing the flock of Scandinavian starlings was great, particularly after I had watched them on Autumn Watch. And from the website - a warm welcome to new folk, some from nearby, and a lovely family from further afield - Des, your fame is spreading!

Jo

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