Saturday, 25 September 2010

I was out for four hours this morning, on the penultimate full patch visit of September. The sun was out, and a clear blue sky prevailed for much of the morning, but a cool NW wind brought a flavour of things to come.

Despite the total of 45 species being recorded, there were in fact very few birds about, 10 of the 45 were recorded in singles, and of those species LITTLE OWL, NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, BULLFINCH and COAL TIT were heard only. HERRING GULL, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL and BLACK HEADED GULL were seen flying over, as was KESTREL, SPARROWHAWK and BUZZARD, so that didn't leave many species around to be seen in any numbers.

One species that was still numerous, was the hundred or so HOUSE MARTINS that fed over Migrant Alley, with them were 30 or so SWALLOWS, the latter are local breeders. These two species and the CHIFFCHAFF, of which five were seen and heard dotted around, were the only summer birds left on my patch, they are generally the last to leave.

A few LINNETS, MEADOW PIPITS and PIED WAGTAILS were also seen at Migrant Alley, and on the Maize Stubbles at the pub field, where incidentally the Roe Deer was still walking the perimeter. Over at the Lakes and scrub area the bird less theme continued, just a single MALLARD was on the water,while the scrub could only manage a party of LONG TAILED tits to keep me amused.

Above: Sparrowhawk. Below : Migrant Hawker Dragonfly


Ken Browne. said...

Hi Warren.
Nice to know that the Roe Deer is still about. Great shot of the Sparrowhawk.
Good luck tomorrow, hope you find a new species for your months list.

Warren Baker said...

Cheers Ken,
The months list is dead in the water at the moment !

Pete Woodruff said...

The months list may be dead in the water but you aint Warren....keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

I didn`t see a single Hirundine all day, Warren.

Kingsdowner said...

Seemed to be good numbers of sparrowhawks around here yesterday - incidentally, have you tried seawatching? I think you'd be good at it.

Warren Baker said...

I have done a few sea watches, and enjoyed them all. I would no doubt be an addict for it if I lived by the sea :-0