Unbelievably, I have come down with a stinking cold - my third bug in three weeks....what an immune system! Needless to say I haven't been out birding for the past couple of days and have been missing out on some of these cold weather movements. I have however received some Captains Pool sightings from (TS).
Thursday 2nd Dec 2010: 2 Grey Herons were over frozen pool having a tussle and 15 Siskin were in the alder near boathouse until being seen off by a Jay.
Friday 3rd Dec 2010: c.25 finches were in or around the alders today. They were mainly Goldfinches, a few Siskin and Chaffinches on the ground eating fallen Alder seed. At 3.30 pm a Song Thrush was in the leaf litter hammering away at a snail until it was bullied by a male blackbird. The Mallards continue to keep a small area of the pool ice free.
Saturday 4th Dec 2010: A flock of c.20 Goldfinches and small numbers of Siskin were feeding in the Alders on the North side of the pool today. The drake Shoveller had returned to the pool today. 2 Jays were also present.