They were Redwing (as I had suspected of the earlier flock). There appeared to be about 12, but it was hard to see as they blended in really well with the leaf litter. Redwing are a winter migrant arriving October to November and leave again about March and April. Most of our winter redwing come from Siberia. Flocks of redwing roam across the UK's countryside, feeding in fields and hedgerows, occasionally visiting large gardens and more frequently observed in parks.
Redwing feed mainly on invertebrates and also berries and windfall fruit. It has been estimated that around 685,000 Redwing visit the UK in the winter months.They occasionally mix with flocks of fieldfare, another winter migrant.
On the way back home we saw this grey squirrel. From a distance we saw it leaping about in the branches. Then a roudy group of people came by and it scampered onto the trunk and pushed itself flat so that it blended with the bark.