Saturday, 16 October 2010

A cool, and partly cloudy start to today's full patch walk, which gave me some interesting species from the 43 that were recorded. In the Tree Nursery there were a pair of GOLDCRESTS, just two of a surprising total of 14 seen this morning. Overhead, 8 REDWING then 6 FIELDFARE flew west.

Migrant Alley had what will surely be the last WHEATEAR of the year sitting on a fence line, also there, was what I thought would be one of the last SWALLOWS of the season, when a single flew over, but later this afternoon I saw at least 21 flying over from my house.

3 SPARROWHAWKS were circling low over the Wet Woods, which ensured everything around that area remained well hidden, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, and any kind of feeding flock went unrecorded with these raptors about. The lake area remained home for only MALLARDS and MOORHENS, but a late record of a CHIFFCHAFF was had in the bank side vegetation.

This Red Admiral was feeding on the Daises in my garden this afternoon, I'd hoped that by planting these late flowering plants that I might attract a late Butterfly.
Below is a COAL TIT. This one dropped down into cover when one of the Sparrowhawks came whizzing through the lakeside area
Below: One of the Fence Lines at Migrant Alley, not the one with the Wheatear on though, I couldn't get near that for a photo :-)


Greenie said...

Warren ,
Still didn't get any Winter Thrushes today .
But I did get two Common Buzzards on a Pitch and Putt green .

ShySongbird said...

Butterflies still!! Lovely pictures too, it makes me think it is still Summer down your way, I did see just one Red Admiral myself though a few days ago :)

Love the photo of the tit hiding from the enemy :)

Bob Bushell said...

Fancy that, Red Admiral at this time, that's a brilliant picture.

Dean said...

It was too cold for any flutters here, even during the sunny spells.

Mike said...

Yes I saw a butterfly too yesterday, I also had my first goldcrest but it got spooked by a collard dove before I could grab my camera.