I was looking forward to the first full walk of my patch for october this morning, and it started well enough with a new species for the month when 20 GREYLAG GEESE flew over the house before I had even closed the back door. However, in the strong wind, and cloudy, cool conditions things never really picked up from that moment.
A measly 37 species were recorded, I would expect between 40 - 43 at this time of year. There were few highlights, a COMMON BUZZARD was being mobbed by ROOKS and JACKDAWS over Migrant Alley, and around 110 LINNETS were feeding on the college sports pitch, the fields around Migrant Alley obviously no longer hold any food for them. SONG THRUSH and STOCK DOVE joined the October list, as did the GREY HERON that was on the Lake, but overall it was a disappointing visit.
I went out again between 12:30 and 13:30hrs, and sat at migrant alley for a skywatch. I manage to add both SWALLOW and HOUSE MARTIN to the months list, the latter went through in small numbers, but just 2 Swallows were seen. A KESTREL and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL took the daylist to a more reasonable 41, and a SPARROWHAWK was seen in the garden for the first time this month. So the days total ended where I would expect it to!
Below is a Photo of the Sparrowhawk at my feeders, not very good as I took it through the window. I have had quite a few months now without Sparrowhawk attacks, and have been enjoying the increased numbers of birds coming in - looks like it back to the bad old days!
The only other photo I took was of this STARLING flock, some 60 strong, not a very inspiring effort!