A combination of dubious weather and the need to run through miles upon miles of paperwork for the forthcoming house move has meant a quiet weekend, and nothing interesting to update on the blog.
That said, we did have a pleasant surprise in the garden yesterday. A tiny little bird flitting about acrobatically in the tree turned out to be a female Redpoll (Carduelis sp).
Sadly it wasn’t staying still enough to get a picture, or to determine whether it was Lesser (C.cabaret) or Common/Mealy Redpoll (C.flammea). But it was pretty pale, so I’d suspect a Mealy, probably in its first winter.
There’s probably a flock around somewhere, but I’ve not seen it. It disappeared sharpish when a Red Kite came low over the garden, but probably coincidentally as the Kite is unlikely to try catch a tiny, zippy little finch!