The final patch visit of the month was undertaken in some calm, and at times, sunny weather, which made a change from recent visits!
I spent an hour around the lakes and scrub area, after passing through an almost birdless Wet Woods, it won't liven up in there until later next month. The Lake again had a GREY HERON fishing from the shallows, and once again there were plenty of MOORHEN, but there were fewer MALLARD today, and no Kingfisher or surprise Duck species to get excited about.
In the surrounding vegetation a decent size Honey suckle grows, and I spent a good 40mins watching the Tit species come and go, feeding on the berries and insects on the plant, I saw BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, COAL TIT and MARSH TIT all visiting the bush, I also heard Marsh Tit calling whilst trying to photograph another, so there are now two overwintering on my patch :-)
After getting some photo's I moved off over to Migrant Alley, via the Tree Nursery, seeing some of the normal run of the mill stuff, lots of JAYS and GREEN WOODPECKERS especially. Both KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK went over, but they were the only Raptors about today.
At Migrant Alley I again watched the MEADOW PIPITS, PIED WAGTAILS, LINNETS and SKYLARKS, but long looks around the fence lines didn't produce that late Chat or Wheatear. Very few Hirundines were about today, just one group of about 20 HOUSE MARTIN went over and only 2 SWALLOWS, whilst in the Greenhouse Complex Grounds a CHIFFCHAFF was found, the only other summer species left now.
With no additions to the Months list today, September finished on 73 Species, failing to beat last years september record total of 78, however this year was the second best September total. I think without the handicap of having to work, I may well of picked up species such as Reed and Sedge Warbler, Mute Swan, Lapwing, or Garden Warbler.
The Combined September list for the 9 years of recording is now on 89, the Curlew being the only new addition this year.
Below is the Marsh Tit at the Honey suckle
Then a couple of Coal Tit Photo's