bird behaviour

Ampleforth migrants

A group of about eight House Martins, most of them juveniles, fed over the village throughout the day. These are probably birds from late broods in the village. With them a few Swallows. A larger group of about 40 Swallows moved south east over the village at about 7.30am. As the remaining summer visitors depart or prepare for departure so winter visitors arrive. The first Redwings were here and Siskins, Redpolls, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and Song Thrushes were passing over. But the biggest surprise was a Brambling which spent the whole day in the garden. Besides being my earliest record for this winter visiting finch, to see it feeding under the bird feeders at this time of year was quite exceptional.

Brambling(right) and female Chaffinch today

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