A new month and a fresh start to the months list, the target for september is to beat 72 species, set last year, a very tough one!
August's total ended on the joint highest, along with last years, an excellent 70 species were seen. However not one of them was new to the 8 year combined August total, which remains at 77, the second lowest combined monthly species total, only November is worse with 75. This is despite all those passage migrant species that passed through. August has the 4th highest mean monthly total of species recorded of 64.4, so the figures suggest more can be found in August!
Any way back to today, and it was also back to work. A quick scan of the tall hedge at migrant alley, on the way through gave me a good species for september, a REED WARBLER. The recording of this species on my patch has been phenomenal this year, to think some Autumns I have not seen one at all! A more common bird, but not at this time of the year, was also seen - a SWIFT, the last was seen on Aug. 1st. I thought this species had long gone now, and the next sighting would be next spring, this is just the second Sept. Swift record in the 8 years of watching my patch.
No Wheatear, Whinchat or Yellow Wagtails were seen on my walk in, or indeed on my afternoon patch visit. The wind had increased, and was making things very difficult to hear, also a few blustery showers went through making things more frustrating. A few birds were put on the sept. list though - TREECREEPER, KESTREL, STOCKDOVE, SKYLARK, LINNET, GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, also HERRING and LESSER BLCK BACKED GULL, as well as a dozen more common species.
I didn't get any photo's this afternoon, except of these two Tit species at my garden feeders. I recorded a CHIFFCHAFF in the garden as well, the first one this year, the 29th species to enter the garden for 2009.
Below is the GREAT TIT
and the BLUE TIT, they have almost finished thier moulting now, and will get much more colouful as the autumn progresses.