November mists

Hoverflies, Bluebottles, wasps and others continue to enjoy the sheltered clumps of Ivy and warm hedge bottoms. In the sparse high crowns of mature trees at Speckled Wood a small host of tits and Goldcrests hurried from branch to branch, dashing across the open spaces between trees as they foraged for insects in the hazy light, making the best of it before the short day dwindles. Two Blackcaps were there, likely to be newly arrived winterers. In Holm Oaks near the Museum earlier two Firecrests appeared fitfully as they hunted in the thick evergreen cover.

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