Wednesday, 30 September 2009

The last september patch visit; and what a drab one, after such a good month! The highlight was this morning, was a KESTREL hunted around the greenhouses and a CHIFFCHAFF sang from the College grounds!

This afternoon, despite ideal watching conditions - overcast and no wind, very little of note was seen. I went over to the Lake area in the hope of a Teal or Mandarin duck, but all that was there was 5 MALLARD and 7 MOORHEN, oh and a GREY HERON.

Over to Migrant Alley and the LINNET flock had grown to around 75+, PIED WAGTAILS had increased from yesterday as well with at least 25 feeding on the horse paddocks, a few MEADOW PIPITS came and went throughout the afternoon, but not one Skylark was seen. I hope October starts better than this!

A few quick September stats -

species seen 78, a new september record. ( and the best ever months total for any month)

Combined species total for all Septembers - 88

Only one new september species was seen a Marsh Harrier

Mean number of species seen for the month of september is 65. That shows what a good month I had this month!

It all starts again tomorrow, hopefully there will be some winter visitors arriving during October - cant wait!

The only pic. I took today was of this strangely marked Pied Wagtail!


Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Hi Warren - congrats on your record. If 65 is the mean then there must also be some low scores. Shame you didn't get to 80, better luck next yera - Here's to Octobers record falling too!



Warren Baker said...

There were some low scores: During the first 2 years, when I was working full time and didn't get out so much.
Sept; 2002 55 species were seen

sept; 2003 59 species were seen

Anonymous said...

At least you got out, Warren.
And well done on your new Sept record.

Greenie said...

Warren ,
Well done on yet another record breaking month .
Hope to get out tomorrow after two days working up on the Ridge .

Chris said...

Hi Warren,
If you want more vagrants, then you have to ask for big depression first. Here, now, after the Canadian depression, it is crazy! We have new birds everywhere but not close enough to Reykjavik. They are most of the time on the east coast!

ShySongbird said...

Sounded a jolly good month to me Warren. Well done. I have noticed some of the Pied Wagtails do have some strange markings.

Jann said...

Congrats on a good Sept. count, and the best of luck to you in Oct. That wagtail is a pretty bird.