Brickfields NLR
A small window of opportunity to visit this afternoon. The foggy conditions lifted about 2:00pm, so a quick walk around the reserve and it had to be quick, as it starts to get dark at 3:30pm. Well not much about including people, I think I was the only one.
Apart from the gloomy weather, the leaves still on the trees look lovely, some golden browns and yellows amongst them. Give it another couple of weeks and all the leaves will be gone, leaving bear branches. This  makes it easier for the beginner to birdwatching. You can see the birds that you could only hear before, don’t worry with experience you’ll find them.
This afternoon there were 2 Blackbirds, 4 Chaffinches, 3 Robins, 5 Blue tits, 2 Great tits, 3 Jays, 1 Dunnock and of course the usual Carrion Crows, Collared Doves and Wood Pigeons.  Interesting though, were several Pied Wagtails (8) pecking through the recently mowed grass on the back field, they were keeping very close together. On the pond were 4 Mallards (2pairs) 1 Moorhen. Overhead 3 Lesser Black Backed Gull were flying low and also a juvenile Heron.

Last Thursday (17th) a photo shoot was taken over Cranham Marsh for the local papers about the new installation of the wood carvings and the Interpretation boards. Now you can walk a path to and from Brickfields. Its 2 ½ miles or 5 miles return if you fancy it, more about that later.
Bye for now

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