The weather doesn't promise much this weekend and so as I didn't fancy long drives I stayed local.
I've not been over the Forest for a while and it's always interesting to see the changes. Perhaps the most bizarre thing was to see a few remaining House Martins zipping about for food before they head off south for winter, whilst also seeing a flock of Redwings who no doubt have just arrived for winter! The lake had no surprises but the usual Mallards have been joined by teal and gadwall.
Only 1 pair of Great Crested Grebe remained with their youngster (well so I could see), it seems to have been a good year for the Grebes.
The tit family are colourful little fella but the very similar Marsh and Willow Tit are more subdued. This is a Marsh Tit.
So on to Rye Meads. Few Green Sandpipers and Snipe about, also a lone Wigeon.
A distant Common Snipe
When this chap landed everything headed for the water!