Arriving at 1145, I checked the plantation, plenty of goldcrests but little else and then wandered up through the bushes. There were small parties of goldcrests everywhere, some mixed in with a tit flock, some on their own. I checked them all for firecrests, yellow-brows or even an early Pallas's warbler but to no avail.
My highlight was a single female brambling by the Budge screen.
There are a lot of spiders this year, maybe the mild autumn has helped them? Several webs had been strung across my path by garden spiders. I came across one, setting to work on a newly caught bluebottle and documented (mostly poorly as I had the 100-400mm lens on the camera) the battle that commenced.
|A second spider arrives at the battle commences|
|The two spiders do battle, forgetting about the fly|
|Losing height, they fall to the ground|
|Meanwhile the poor fly is left dangling|
|The victor climbs back up the web to deal with his prize|
|starting to wrap the fly|
|The fly puts a brave fight|
|Which pays off as it manages to struggle free and fly off, leaving the garden spider with nothing|
Such is life...
|Another garden spider which caught my eye|