1st December 2020 BJ & JE

Whillet’s Meadows:-  1f Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush, Raven heard, 1 Buzzard, 1 Jay.
Whillet’s Pool:- 2 Grey Heron flyover, Water Rail and Moorhen heard, 2 Tawny Owls heard at 16:30, 2+ Redwing flyover, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Sparrowhawk.
Reed-bed roost count between 14:15 ~ 16:30: 112 Reed Bunting came-in.
Also 1176 Starlings which started about 15:30 nearly all arrived in small flocks of under 75, only 4 groups were in three figures the largest being c.200. There was hardly any murmuration flight, with most doing very little circuit flying before dropping in. Starlings are very noisy in the roost with constant chattering. But when we had a late Sparrowhawk fly low over the reed-bed there was suddenly absolute silence until it had gone out of sight.

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