For the second year in a row, neither siskin nor redpoll have been spotted on the feeders. For the first few years we lived here, the siskins in particular arrived like clockwork in the first week of January, sometimes in chattering flocks of twenty or more.
We’ve not seen many goldfinches on the feeders, or bullfinches, but I know both are around. It could be that there is still plenty of natural food available.
On the positives, I’ve been seeing a male kestrel following the river and often resting in the trees. In eight years it’s the first time one has been here – I’ve seen red kite and peregrine falcon more frequently!
The other recent surprise was a pair of cormorants flying by, before going down to the river. Given there is the river, and the pond in the nature reserve, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Yet in eight years it’s the first sighting.
Have any of you seen anything new, or found any unusual absences?