There are lots of birds at the feeders now and today 2 mealy redpoll were reported, I got a picture of a lesser redpoll when I opened up the hide, not a great one but I have not featured a bird in a while.
Along with the many siskin and a few lesser redpoll there were also a pair of goldfinch, the male is pictured below, the red on the face comes to behind the eye on males.
As well as the reported mealy redpoll a bittern and the 2 smew were again seen from the Ivy North hide. On Ibsley Water the 2 black-necked grebe were seen from the Lapwing hide and I saw the water pipit from the Tern hide, where there were also 10 linnet and something over 40 pied wagtail. The wagtails were mostly males and I suspect the first wave of migrants moving north, most of the pied wagtails from Scotland and the uplands move south for the winter. Later the females become the majority and a few white wagtails on their way to Iceland will also turn up.
The moths were few but included a few new species for the year. The catch included common Quaker, small Quaker, Hebrew character, dotted border and small brindled beauty.