October starts where September left off weatherwise, it was mostly sunny and still quite warm, with little wind.
One of the first birds on the list this morning as I walked in to work was a KESTREL, always good to find one early on in the month, and a CHIFFCHAFFF sang from the scrub headland at Migrant Alley, one of the few summer birds that will go onto the Oct. list.
This afternoon I paid a visit to the Lake and scrub area, via the small holding and wet woods. A good number of the ''core species'' were recorded, quite a few were associating with a LONG TAILED TIT flock in the small holding orchard, species such as BLUE and GREAT TIT, TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were found with them.
At the lake just the usual MALLARD and MOORHEN were about, but I picked up a few Finch's for the list, and a GREEN WOODECKER, that were all seen in one of the nearby gardens.
An hour over at Migrant Alley, and I added LINNET, SKYLARK, MEADOW PIPIT, PIED WAGTAIL and all the corvids to the months list, as well as four Gull species, LESSER BLACK BACKED, HERRING, BLACK HEADED and COMMON GULL.
So 38 species were found to kick off October, and the target is 68, a very good record, set last year. The combined October list is 82, so it should be possible - in theory!!
Above: I surprised this fox, over at the lakeside scrub.
Below is a Lesser Black backed Gull, one of three that flew over heading NW