Blackbirds in the thickets
35 Blackbirds counted along the North’s Seat hedgerows on the 24th where the banks of Holly and Hawthorn berries are being raided – some Redwings and Song Thrushes unassuming there among them. In the Barley fields Skylarks numbered 35 and Meadow Pipits are in good numbers. SR recorded good numbers of Water Rails in the west, as well as at least two Bearded tits while 6 Velvet Scoters are with 370 Scoter offshore. There had been some late passage through Combe Haven on 19th with 270 Woodpigeon, 2 Redwing and a Song Thrush north.
Today a ‘vee’ of 12 unidentified geese flew rapidly east over West Hill. Buzzards are widely seen including at St Helens and a pale phase flying west over Pilot Road.