The quest to find the new species for this October stalled somewhat this afternoon. I manage to get out for 90 mins, but the weather had completely changed from yesterday and it was raining, with a strong SW wind.
I did manage to visit the lake, but again, disappointingly, only found MALLARDS and MOORHENS there. Plenty of woodland birds were seen or heard, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, GREAT, BLUE, COAL, MARSH and LONG TAILED TITS as well as TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH and GOLDCREST.
The rain was getting progressively heavier, so I headed for the Wet Woods for some shelter, hoping whilst there I might get exceptionally lucky and find a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, I didn't of course, but a GREY HERON was seen on the last remaining muddy pool.
With the trees now starting to allow the rain through, I tried a visit to the Tree Nursery and maize stubbles at the Pub Field, but whilst I found 21 BLACK HEADED GULLS on the Stubbles, nothing but the STARLINGS were in the nursery. I was now getting cold and wet, and the wind was blowing the rain into my binoculars, so an early end to my visit was had.
No photo's today, the weather put pay to that, but as wet and cold as it was, it still wasn't as uncomfortable as those summer days when it was burning hot and airless ;-)