At Penn Wood, the Brambling count for yesterday was 60. Today it was 71.Unlike previous checks, today at the area in the north end of the fenced paddock, between 18:30 and 18:45 there were only 2 chaffinch and a blackbird - no brambling.
At the roost area in the southern corner of the wood it was also quiet, apart from the regular song thrush, until 18:55 when a few brambling arived. Then, at 19:00, suddenly there were 71 brambling in two flocks (more or less 35 in one flock and 36 in the othr). By 19:10 they had spread amongst various trees and by 19:15, most had roosted.
I then took a stroll aorund the southern and western areas of the wood listening to to the dusk chorus - which included chiffchaff, willow warbler and blackcap, as well as a single Tawny Owl hooting from a holly stand near the south corner.
Between 20:00 and 20:30 there were six, possibly seven, Tawny Owl calling. The one in Penn Wood, another in nearby Common Wood and the others in adjacent Charcoal Grove, where I had good views of one the Owls moving through the trees about 70 yards from me (Kevin Holt)