Days have been sunny with temperatures above the norm and nights haven't shown the usual drop that we expect at this time of year.
Birding has remained a bit slow here in the south, whilst other areas of the UK have had good numbers of passage migrants.
At Moor Green Lakes, Chiffchaff were seen at the sewage farm, where in the past they have stayed throughout the winter.
Another juvenile Little Stint visited the small island at the New Workings on the 7th, but only stayed for the day.
Common Gull numbers are increasing after returning from their breeding grounds, whilst on the same day, the 10th, a flock of some forty Meadow Pipit were feeding up before continuing their migration.
A flock of some fifty Redwing were at Moor Green Lakes on the 24th, feeding up on berries, after flying into the country from northern Europe to spend the winter.
Through the month, I have been watching a Jay, visit my garden. It flies to the top of my shed, where it perches, normally with an acorn in its beak. It then scans the grass looking for a suitable place to bury it.
On one particular occasion, it managed to bury the acorn in the grass near the fence, but not content with this, it then pulled some blades of grass up from nearby and laid them over the spot where the acorn was buried, in an effort to conceal its food stock even more.
I have never seen a Jay do this before. Perhaps it is normal behaviour, I shall have to look it up.