Yet again it was blustery and showery today, although the showers were fewer than yesterday.
As I walked home from work, I saw that the the annual destruction of the hedgerows, and cutting down of the long grass and thistleheads had began, oh, sorry, I mean keeping the countryside tidy had began. So visiting Migrant Alley this afternoon was pointless with all that destruction - oops! sorry there I go again - I mean tidying going on.
I decided I would go over to the lake via the wet woods, and try to get some of the easier species not yet on my Sept list. TREECREEPER and COAL TIT called in the woods, but they're on the list already, however the MOORHEN I saw there wasn't, nor was the flock of LONG TAILED TITS, that streamed their way through the Oak canopy. I made my way over to the Lake, and could already hear the MALLARDS calling, but the next species was a real bonus and most unexpected - a COOT! Yes the humble Coot, a real rarity on my patch, as regular readers of this blog will know. I always get a single bird over the winter months, but this is only the second September sighting, the other was back in 2004. As I was photographing the rarity, a GREY HERON dropped in, one more for the monthly list, but I couldn't find a Lesser Whitethroat or Blackcap today, the former species may be hard to find this month. As I left the lake area I cut through the tree nursery, and was plesed to have a YELLOWHAMMER join the list. Two hobbies were seen going over towards the stables at the college. Six more for the month list today then, and one a real bonus bird!
Here's the star bird of the day, enjoying one of the hefty rain showers that passed through.