It was a run of the mill October visit, I spent 5hrs from 07:15 onwards, recording 47 species, which is 3 0r 4 more than expected, three of those were new for the month. First a GREY WAGTAIL that was found in the college grounds, feeding by one of the ornimental pools, second was a YELLOW HAMMER, which flew from a hedgerow at Migrant Alley, a bit of compensation for not finding any Stonechat there! The third new member of the October list was a LITTLE OWL, it called from the small copse behind the greenhouse complex.
I kept scanning the sky for any newly arrived Fieldfare, but none yet, however, there were a few REDWING moving through, headed west. Whilst skywatching at Migrant Alley, after finishing the circuit of my patch, all the corvids flew up in panic, this generally means a raptor is about, and this time it was one of the PEREGRINES, it flew directly over my head - nice!
Other raptor sightings were KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK, maybe these were what had made the LINNET, PIED WAGTAIL, and MEADOW PIPIT numbers well down on previous visits.
Still nothing around on the lake, and only the usual suspects were recorded in the wet woods and small holding - Tits, Finch's, NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, but I didn't see a single Great Spotted Woodpecker today!
Below is the sunrise this morning.
Above and below is the Peregrine, menacing the corvids!