Now Autumn is merging to winter and only a few migrants are still passing south on our coasts. However, some visitors have been seen on the coasts and in the north which will winter in Britain. Of these we may see Fieldfares, Redwings in our gardens or the parks and even a Great Grey Shrike within striking distance if we are lucky. Geese will be arriving, too, along with many ducks and gulls. Locally our Tufted Ducks and Shovelers have already moved off the local lakes, but gull numbers are increasing. As it becomes colder more gulls and ducks will turn up with visitors in the Lee valley including Teal, Wigeon, Goosanders, Mergansers, Goldeneye and even the elusive Smew.
In our gardens food still lingers, but we need to be filling the feeders now the days are colder. This will encourage our garden birds to stay: Tits (Great, Blue, Coal or even flocks of Long-Tailed): Also, Finches, Sparrows, Thrushes, Starlings. Wood Pigeons and Wrens.
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