Today I made a quick visit to the patch and spent an hour or so in the Stanklyn Lane area. On arrival, there appeared to be much bird activity at the back of the 'carrot field' (note to self...I will have to do another map with all my saft location names on!)
I walked the public footpath adjacent to the 'carrot field' and noted c.80 Starling, 3 Skylark and a Meadow Pipit in the field itself. Along the footpath were 2 Jays and a good number of Blackbirds (these have notably increased over recent weeks with more arriving from the continent for the winter).
What I was most interested in was all the large mixed Bunting/Finch flock in the trees/hedgerow at the rear of the 'carrot field'. This flock included 17 Corn Buntings, 5 Yellowhammers, 5 Goldfinch, 10 Greenfinch and c.30 Chaffinch. The Corn Bunting flock was fairly mobile, this path is well used by dog walkers and the Buntings would often go up and head over the lane towards the paddocks for a while.
On the way back down the footpath towards the lane I noticed a cracking Shaggy Parasol mushroom....cue photo. I then rounded of my visit by checking the paddocks. They were unusually quiet today with the only notable birds being 5 Fieldfare and 2 Green Woodpeckers.
Shaggy Parasol (Chlorophyllum rhacodes)