Friday 30th November 2018 - 11:00 to 12:15The recent storms have blown most of the leaves off the trees; making it a bit easier to spot birds. The water level in the lake is, at last, rising. It was a fine sunny day which even tempting the odd bumble bee to venture out. The birds seen were a strange mixture with two new ticks for my patch list while several 'common' birds stayed out of sight. The additions were a Kestrel which flew over the park and a Mistle Thrush which was competing with the other thrushes and Blackbirds for the berries. There were two Egyptian Geese together. So maybe we will have another brood early next year. The numbers of Mallard are growing. The males have come out of eclipse and are looking very smart glossy. A full list of the birds seen is given in the Bird Table.