Chiffchaff – 6th January

This morning there was a flock of about 40 Redpoll on the Ouse Dyke, near the Boundary Hedge. They were feeding along the banks on the seeds of stinging nettles. Near the signal box on the railway embankment around 20 Waxwings were feeding on the far side and flying up into the ash trees. Along the Ouse Dyke, between the footbridge and Teal Close there were five Chiffchaffs. The first were two together which were normal colouring but there were then three single birds and two of them were quite pale and one was very green and showed a wing bar. All of them, however, were pumping their tails. PS.