A quick look in at the floods in the bottom fields but there were only around 20 Mallard on here. I walked down Greenhills Lane but again it was quiet with 20 Teal and 42 Greylags on the remnant floodwater here, a Treecreeper and 35 Long-tailed Tits in the oak ‘avenue’ and a Little Owl roosting in the ruined farm buildings where it had nested in the summer.
On the way home I decided to go back in to the Magic Garden for another look at the floods. No Mallard on here now, instead a small group of ducks which included 10 Teal, a drake Gadwall and a pair of Shoveler, another new bird for the parish! I had scanned the water pretty comprehensively before so it seems likely these were fresh arrivals. How much most go unrecorded each year?
Also seen here were Lesser Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, two ‘singing’ Little Grebes and at least a dozen Snipe flushed up from this area of the floods.