The Safari wasn't able to get out this morning, something to do with creosoting the garden gates and garage doors before the wet weather returns. While we had brush in hand we could hear Redwings going over in dribs and drabs. At one point there seemed to be more sounds above us and looking up we saw about 50 of them scattered about under the gathering clouds. In with them was a single Fieldfare. A few minutes later came the distinctive call of Siskins a quick rough count of the little bouncing flock gave somewhere in the region of two dozen heading south-east. One of them wasn't a Siskin though, as we heard a single musical and quite loud call, 'teuu', from the flock. Not at all sure what it was. Any vis miggers out there recognise it? Is it one we really ought to know?
After the woodwork had been completed we managed a couple of hours on the nature reserve. Not a lot happening, 10 Shoveler were new in, but we couldn't find the Garganey amongst the Teal. A Great Spotted Woodpecker came from the north and bunked into the trees to our right.
Eventually we heard one of the Cetti's Warblers and not before time! Didn't see it mind - we never do!
Not a lot else, plenty of Black Headed Gulls came in for a wash and brush up with a few Common Gulls too, no Mediterranean Gulls today.
Bad news for 'Pool, the late comeback was too late and we really hope City's first goal wasn't offside otherwise another bad refereeing error will have changed a game for the poorer. Still the boys done good - their combined cost was 2.5 million, half of which is striker DJ Campbell, as compared to 186+ million on the other side. Really need to get some home wins going, but first bring on Birmingham City next week - another away win and 3 points please.
8 games - 10 points equates to a comfortable 47.5 points an a mid-table place at the end of the season.
Even more importantly in the scouser's derby Everton at last managed to overcome arch rivals Liverpool - YEESSSSSSSS. 'Pool are still ahead of them in the league...YEESSSSSSS...or should that be NNNNOOOOOOOO.
Where to next? Back to somewhat chillier patches.
In the meantime let us know how the temperature's falling in your outback.