It's still almost dark when I leave for work now, so not much is going to be seen on my walk in from now on, there was a flyover of 14 GREYLAG GEESE this morning though.
This afternoon, in windless, and sometimes sunny conditions, I paid a visit to the wet woods and the lake/scrub area, before a quick scan of Migrant Alley. As Autumn passes into winter, my attention will focus more and more on the lake area, and wet woods, as this is where any new/interesting species for the year may turn up - occassionally!
The wet woods had TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER all busy feeding, and a party of LONG TAILED TITS were doing the same. At the lake there were 8 MALLARDS, 5 MOORHEN and a GREY HERON, nothing to get excited about, but it's nice to see something on it! The water is very low now, despite the recent rain, the Grey Heron was only up to it's thighs, even though it stood out in the middle of the lake. As I neared the owner of the lakes house, 15-20 GOLDFINCH'S flew from the Feeders there, they alighted in a nearby tree, and as I listened I heard my first SISKIN of the Autumn fly over, it circled round but didn't join the finch's.
I cut across the tree nursery to get to Migrant Alley, and found the CHIFFCHAFF that had been there over the weekend, as well as a couple of GREEN WOODPECKERS and the usual ROBIN, WREN and DUNNOCK.
At Migrant Alley, 15 BLACK HEADED GULLS quartered the newly seeded field, where there were also a couple of SKYLARK, and a few MEADOW PIPITS, it was good to see the LINNETS had returned, around 75 were flitting from the paddocks to the sheep pasture, and they seem to have found the sunflower hearts I threw down ( is that cheating ?) I won't need them for the garden feeders for the next few weeks, i'm not feeding the local Sparrowhawks anymore!
Thats about it for the patchwatch today, the months list moves on to 59, however, that is already a better tally than four of the past 7 years, the mean monthly total for October is 61 - it's getting much harder to find the new species now.
The only photo I took today was of this Speckled Wood butterfly, they won't be around much longer. :-(