I managed to grab half hour to pop to the patch late afternoon after doing a taxi job for the better half. As I was short on time I decided to spend it at Heath Lane...talk about right decision.
As I pulled up next to the paddock in my motor a sizable flock of small finches landed in the trees at the edge of the adjacent Islamic School grounds. My first thought was 'Linnets' as they tend to be round the patch in good numbers during Autumn/Winter. I got out my car and could here them calling with a metallic chattering song...I realized they were actually Lesser Redpoll. I grabbed my bins to have a better look at them as they frantically flitted around in the tree tops feeding. Scanning through them it looked like at least 80% of them were 1st winter birds. Suddenly, the flock took flight heading West. I counted 42 Lesser Redpoll in total...a new patch record count by a long way!
Also of note was a Fieldfare that was perched on the telegraph wires. A single Cormorant flew over heading South West.