Orcombe was a bit better than yesterday but still hard going. Most notably there was an increase in Blackbirds with 14+ recorded. The Skylark flock in the top fields has increased to c45+ birds and a Grey Heron over was a bit unusual. Also recorded - 1 Redwing, 4+ Song Thrush, 2+ Goldcrest, 2+ Chiffchaff, 2+ Redpoll, c50+ Chaffinch, 8+ Goldfinch, c20+ Meadow Pipit, 3+ Reed Bunting, 9+ Siskin, 10+ Pied wagtail, c400+ Woodpigeon, 3+ Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Snipe, 1 Coal Tit and 2 Collared Dove.
A/the drake Red-crested Pochard was again present, albeit distantly, off Mudbank today and a family group of Pale-bellied Brent Geese comprised two adults and 3 juveniles. Otherwise numbers of Dark-bellied Brent Goose must be up around the 5/600+ mark with a number of juveniles noted today. The Black-tailed Godwit flock was made up of at least 130 birds today.
The exceptionally confiding Kestrel continues to frequent the top fields. Didn't see the second bird today though.