Passerines were well represented today. 15 Siskin headed east, continuing the influx into the county this autumn. A single Yellow Wagtail also flew east calling. Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs were present in most hedgerows, with family parties of Blue, Long-tailed and Great Tits. Hedgerows to the south held a few Linnets and Yellowhammers, including this bird (which I assume is a 1st winter male, aged on the yellow fringing to the folded primaries, the pristine coverts with no moult contrast and the rather pointed tail feathers):
The horrendous picture below, over-manipulated to show some plumage details, is of a juvenile Bullfinch. I can't recall having seen this plumage before. The lack of a black cap gives them a strange open-faced appearance and reveals the true size of that massive bill:
Secondly, a Whinchat popped up on a nearby hedgerow - the third of the autumn and bird of the morning:
So by the time I had returned to the village I had recorded over 1,000 birds for the morning. It is not often that I can say that (for random exceptions see here and here).
85 species for the year; 107 since 2008.