Monday, 26 September 2016

It was mostly cloudy this morning, with a light shower passing through just before midday.

A walk around the farmland areas of my patch proved a very average affair, with little to see. The KESTREL pair were hunting around the Ashes Lane Field, where a lone LINNET was also seen. SWALLOWS and HOUSE MARTINS continue to pass through, but in much smaller numbers now.......soon they will be gone for the year.

A BUZZARD flew low over Migrant Alley, where a flock of 40-50 STARLINGS had gathered, there was a GREY WAGTAIL again at the Greenhouse Grounds. The odd CHIFFCHAFF is still to be seen.


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Morning cloud dispersed by midday, leaving a sunny, but blustery afternoon.

I carried out a full patch walk today, finding an ok tally of 43 bird species, most of those were woodland birds, the farmland areas here hold little bird diversity now the hedges have been shattered by machinery, removing all the food and shelter in the process.

The Scrubby Woods provided most species, with GOLDCREST, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, BULLFINCH, CHAFFINCH, CHIFFCHAFF, STOCK DOVE, JAY, GREEN WOODPECKER, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, SONGTHRUSH and MISTLETHRUSH being the most noteworthy, what a difference a bit of sympathetic woodland management makes!

KINGFISHER and GREY HERON were visiting the lakes, otherwise it was just the usual MALLARD and MOORHEN on them.

The Greenhouse grounds came up with a couple of nice species, a GREY WAGTAIL that was feeding around the water intake area, plus a REED BUNTING (69), the first on patch since April and just the second record this year!

SWALLOW and HOUSE MARTIN made up the Summer species seen today, while KESTREL and BUZZARD were the only raptors that showed up for todays count.