Saturday, 24 October 2009

The weather this morning was dismall, and it didn't get properly light until 07:30. Virtually all this mornings visit was undertaken in rainy conditions, but it was only drizzley stuff mostly - nothing like what was forcast.

Needless to say the camera was left at home today, not that there was much to photograph anyway, just 38 species were recorded, six less than I would have expected for an October morning. I can't think of a highlight, it was nice to see a KESTREL hunting over the tree nursery, and a couple of fresh plumage looking MEADOW PIPITS at Migrant Alley brightened up a dull affair. A feeding flock of LONG TAILED TITS, with BLUE and GREAT TITS, as well as TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH and GOLDCREST were in the wet woods, but the constant dripping of the trees on me, made me a bit lazy, and I didn't hang about to scan the flock further, maybe missing something rarer lurking with them.

At the lake/scrub area just a GREY HERON was fishing, 3 BULLFINCH were feeding on a bramble bush, and 3 SISKIN flew over. It was a day best forgotten as far as birding the patch was concerned though!

Now, as I write this at 15:50, chinks of blue sky have appeared - too bloody late now! The clocks go back an hour tonight, so tomorrow morning will be lighter earlier, lets hope for a better day!


Jann said...

Some day are just going to be like that unfortunately. You'll have a better day tomorrow! Sounds like you still saw some nice birds, though.

Dean said...

"The clocks go back an hour tonight, so tomorrow morning will be lighter earlier, lets hope for a better day!"

Lets hope so, Warren.

sharon said...

"not much to photograph anyway"?? You had 38 species - at the moment I'm lucky if I see 8! ;-) I hate the clocks going back, means its dark when I leave home & dark when I come back. Makes you appreciate the weekends more though!

Chris said...

Hi Warren,
Well today I got your sun.. Finally after a week of rain, I was able to get out and got nice shots of wren and redpolls!! I did not see 38 species but only 18!