A dismally grey sunday walk round my patch, provided me with 48 species, which is quite good for an October day. Three species turned up this morning that weren't seen yesterday - a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, a COMMON GULL, on the new seeded field at Migrant Alley and a small flyover of 3 -4 HOUSE MARTINS also at Migrant Alley, the latter species may well be the last of their kind I see until next spring, although I have got two later dates than today, the 16th, and 22th Oct, 2004 and 2006 respectively.
Other than that, it was a near identical line up to yesterday, the
YELLOWHAMMERS had increased from one, to six birds, again seen in one of the new hedges at Migrant Alley, both KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK hunted over various parts of my patch, just two LINNETS were seen, but SKYLARKS had increased to at least 20 out on the new seeded field, a few MEADOW PIPITS were with them, and more flew staight over. As I write this a SPARROWHAWK has just made a kill at my garden feeders - a GOLDFINCH :-(
I saw that the Hawk had a ring on its left leg, this bird is the one that my friend rang 5 years ago as an adult bird, I thought this hawk had died, I havn't seen it since March. It also means there are two Male hawks at the feeders - thats it, the feeders are coming down as soon as they are empty!!
Anyway, back to this morning, where the only other species of note was a CHIFFCHAFF, seen in the tree nursery. No new species for the October list today, the two most likely being Fieldfare and Cormorant.
Below is a very blurry Yellowhammer - but you can still appreciate the Yellowness!