Highlights of the cycle in this morning (Barming to East Malling Research via Oaken Wood): 2x Jay, GS Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Bullfinch, 2x Green Woodpecker, Little Owl, 2x Kestrel and 15x Lesser Redpoll. Not bad for 15 minutes!
I spent my lunch hour studying the Reed Buntings on the Miscanthus plot on the Research station. They're such a rare visitor on patch I thought I'd make the most of them. Their numbers had doubled from yesterday's estimate, I reckoned on 26+ today but they were so in erratic in flight, twisting and looping and then quickly dropping down to the ground that I couldn't keep count. I only managed the count of 26 by scanning the birds that had dropped down on top of a windbreak.
A couple of Yellowhammers were also in with them, easily picked out by their bright yellow heads. Miscanthus must really be a home from home for these birds, but with very little in the way of seed heads I can't see what they're sustaining themselves on?