It's the usual refrain - I've been too busy to get out much, and when I have I've managed to make a bit of a Horlicks of most of the (few) photo opportunities that have come my way. Still, I do have a couple of reports, the first from Thursday 24th October. I went to Rainham for a long-overdue meet-up with my friend and former colleague Simon, who lives quite near there. He is an ace birder and also a scope-carrier, so I got a closer look than usual at some of what we saw, which was nice. It was a sunny day at first, and then a cloudy one.
We stopped at the edge of the wood for Si to scope the Barn Owl box, but no-one was home. From here you can see (clearly but distantly) the nest box and below it the roosting box, the latter the one likely to be in use at this time of year.
here's an image I found online.
And on to this weekend just gone. I had a short visit to Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve on Sunday morning. It was bright and breezy, and rather cold.
Near Long Lake I found a lively flock of mostly Long-tailed Tits, but with a few Blue Tits, a Goldcrest and a Treecreeper thrown in. I couldn't get a clear photo of any of them, but it was nice to see some little-bird action. There were more Siskins overhead here too, a flock of about 30.