Saturday, 30 October 2010

Above: Looking south over the maize stubbles at the Pub Field

Below: Looking west over the Tree Nursery

I was out just before dawn this morning, and conditions were as far removed
from yesterday as could be, gone was the wind and heavy low cloud, now replaced by mist and clear skies.

In the twilight of the dawn, ROBINS, DUNNOCKS and BLACKBIRDS were heard calling, JACKDAWS and MAGPIES cackled noisily, and an early bit of song was had from a WREN and a GOLDCREST. Overhead I could just make out small groups of BLACK HEADED GULLS, with a few HERRING GULLS, gliding in to alight on the College Sports pitch.

The day list grew as the sun rose, and the fact there were many more birds around than yesterday, made it a more enjoyable day. Common resident species such as BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, PIED WAGTAIL, STARLING and WOODPIGEON were very numerous, where were they all yesterday ?

A GREY WAGTAIL feeding around the manure heap at the College Stables was only the second sighting of this species for October, and a brief sighting of a REED BUNTING in the Tree Nursery was another bonus bird for the morning, a CORMORANT that flew low over was the third in as many days, but they are not seen this frequently very often.

Over on the Lake I counted 14 MALLLARDS, but their numbers were swelled to more than 40, as I watched small parties fly in and splash down, they were coming from the south, where the sound of shotguns could be heard. I scanned each party as they came onto the water, but was always disappointed that no other species of duck were with them, a chance missed for that new monthly species !

A few more nice species were seen before ending my 4 hour walk, three SISKINS dropped in to a conifer tree on the bank of the lake, both COAL TIT and MARSH TIT called not far from there, and a GREY HERON floated across the sky, dropping down onto the shallowest part of the lake. Three small parties of FIELDFARE were seen going over as I neared home, and just as I thought I'd had a a raptorless day, the SPARROWHAWK flew from the Greenhouse Grounds. Just one day left now for October, and the best ever monthly total of 78, only reached in two other months, looks to remain intact, but who knows, tomorrow I might just get lucky :-)

Above: The Grey Heron that dropped down into the shallows


A few other things took my interest this morning, one was this albino Squirrel. Ive seen it a few times recently, but have only just managed to get near enough for some kind of photo.

Also of note was a Hawthorn bush with some flowers on, normally known as a May tree, as that's its normal flowering time.


Sharon said...

Lovely Fieldfare Warren & the albino squirrel! Good luck tomorrow with the 1 species left :)

Phil said...

Nice reflection picture of the Heron Warren. Nice to see a picture of a local Fieldfare too.
I think seeing the white Squirrel today has got to be lucky for you tomorrow. So fingers crossed!

Warren Baker said...

Cheers, Sharon / Phil.
Might get lucky tomorrow if the ducks keep dropping in .

ShySongbird said...

Goodness May, in flower in (nearly) November! I don't think I have ever seen that, perhaps we'll have Summer by new year :)

Lovely to see the Fieldfare and the albino Squirrel. Good luck for tomorrow!

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Good luck tomorrow Warren!


Bob Bushell said...

The Fieldfare is superb, I like also the albino squirrel.

Marc Heath said...

Love that top photo, very scenic.

Ken. said...

Hi Warren.
A nice couple of dramatic shots to open your daily blog.
First of all, good luck for tomorrow.
A nice shot of the Fieldfare, and the albino Squirrel.
Have a good weekend.

Anonymous said...

Excellent weather here too Warren, but unfortunately i wasn`t able to take advantage of it.

Derek Faulkner said...

Down to the last day then Warren, will all be revealed - I think it'll be a duck.

Greenie said...

Warren ,
Like the white Squirrel shot , and like most others , confused by the
Mayflower .

Jellen said...

Wow, an albino squirrel! That's amazing! The hawthorne blossoms are amazing too; we have a hawthorne in our front yard, the berries are shriveling up. Nice shots of the misty landscape, and the fieldfare. :o)