Great to see so many finches in the maize fields – more than I’ve seen there in at least 20 years! Large finch flocks were once a regular feature of Aldcliffe in winter often along the tideline, but an apparent lack of food in the tide rack (plus increased disturbance from walkers / dogs?) has seen a big reduction.
Majority of birds today were chaffinches (c80) and c20 tree sparrows, along with a scattering of greenfinch, linnet and reed buntings.
9 goldeneye on Freeman’s Pool, 2 on Wildfowlers’ Pools.