I was out for two hours this afternoon - from two to four, when it started to get dark and gloomy. I walked over to the lake, not finding much on the way, three BULLFINCH in the small holding was the best of it. There were plenty of MALLARD on the lake, over 40 in fact, with half a dozen MOORHENS, but nothing more exciting was with them. I saw the MARSH TIT in the surrounding scrub, it was using the feeders in the nearby garden.
I made my way over to Migrant Alley, where 5 HERRING GULLS and 39 BLACK HEADED GULLS were feeding on the water logged sheep pasture, a few MEADOW PIPITS flew up as I walked the fields, and around a dozen SKYLARK dropped in to the new seeded field - which is coming up very fast and green! As I walked the tall hedge, I could here the loud calls of JACKDAWS and ROOKS coming from beyond it, as I reached the hedges end I could see at least 500 of the corvids mobbing a COMMON BUZZARD over the top of the small wood that lies beside the Greenhouse complex, a nice species to get for the November list, bringing the 60 up.
Making lists, and breaking records, is all good fun, but it has a serious side, looking back at the Common Buzzard records for my patch, they show how this species has colonised my area over the years, none were recorded in 2002 or 2003, the first one to show up was in Sept 2004, that was the only record for that year. In 2005 I had records for Common Buzzard in two months, in 2006 I had records in 4 months, 2007 in 7 months, 2008 in 9 months, and this year I have recorded it in every month so far. All good scientific data!
Above and below: A Coal Tit seen at the lakeside scrub