Out of the wind

The hawthorns, sycamores and apple trees on the east side of Haskayne Cutting were fairly sheltered from the wind this afternoon, but no winter thrushes showed themselves apart from a few Blackbirds.
The site always looks so good at this time of year – one day.
Two of the local Yellowhammers savoured the calm and in the reserve itself Bullfinch, Robins and a small tit flock moved through the scrub.
Common Darter still on the wing when the sun came out, but a Wall Brown feeding on bramble flowers seemed late to me – can’t remember seeing one in October before…

Out on the fields a Merlin was hunting the stubble, scorching past me, and scattering up to 100 Skylarks which were ranging from Plex Moss Lane over to Station Road and out towards Downholland Moss.

East of Getterns Farm the flooded field held a good gathering of commoner gulls and 70+ Lapwing.
The sky was dark with Pink Feet to the north over Birkdale Moss, presumably the birds Chris Fyles mentioned yesterday, there seemed to be thousands of them in the air.
Perhaps 1500 fed in the stubble between Plex and Carr Moss, close enough to ‘scope. Just.