On Sunday morning I was looking out the kitchen window when I noticed a flock of small birds at the very top of one of the tall trees. At first I thought they might be starlings but they were too light coloured so I went and got my camera and took some photos. These revealed the birds to be redwings (Turdus iliacus), probably pushed southwards by cold weather further north.
The following afternoon there was a group of shoveller ducks swimming in a circle on the large lake in Reading University grounds. Another sign of approaching winter.