Initially located by the impatient and repeated 'heet' call - the Black Redstarts were busy feeding around bungalows and the new-build area at the entrance to Warren View playing fields.
Two new Black Redstarts near the back of our house this afternoon. Nearby, off Mudbank, counts included 80+ Redshank, 60+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, 6+ Teal and 3+ Pale-bellied Brent Goose amongst high numbers of Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Wigeon and Pintail. A Peregrine was causing havoc amongst the lot.
Dawn on Orcombe - c70/80+ Skylark, 2 Redwing, 7+ Chaffinch, 3 Song Thrush, c20/30+Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, c60+ Starling, 5 Snipe, 5+ Goldcrest (highest count this autumn), 9+ Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin, 11 Linnet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 3 Fieldfare. Interestingly the two Cirl Buntings are still lurking in the hedgerow next to the dung heap - is there a chance they might winter? Maybe time to get some seed down.