Had a quick visit to Wassell Grove Pools this afternoon on the hunt for Redpoll. I found a flock of approx 30+ Siskins feeding in the Alders around the pools but the highlight was a single Lesser Redpoll, that i managed to 'dig out' in amongst the Siskins (sadly not the hoped for Mealy!) Redpoll are generally always much scarcer winter visitors here at Lutley than Siskin, and this is the first Redpoll of any flavour i've seen on the patch since the end of October 2010 when the last Autumn passage birds flew through, so today's was a good year-tick!
Also seen today, 30 Redwings and 1 Fieldfare in the horse paddocks at the pools and 6 Bullfinch.
Lesser Redpoll and male Siskin Wassell Grove Pools 30/1/11