December wildlife on the common

The weather has been warm (and muddy ) in December, but there are still winter birds to see.

Asides from redwings and occasionally fieldfares feeding on berries on the railway line, several species seem to appear on the common mainly over the winter months.  Jays are now conspicuous in the scrubby woodlands on the common and there have been big flocks of gulls – presumably refugees from stormy weather on the coast. Most of them are black-headed gulls, but also watch out for common gulls and lesser black-backed.  I have also see woodcock this month flushed from woodland and little egrets which seem to spend their winters on the common’s ditches and flooded grassland.

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