Tuesday, 26 October 2010

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 ;-)

9 comments:

Phil said...

I'll go for burning hot and airless at the moment I think Warren.
Just five days to go. I'm lucky, my October list is already a record:-)

Warren Baker said...

Wait till next october Phil :-) It gets harder.

ShySongbird said...

A miserable day weather wise here too Warren (what a good thing I had my little 'twitch' yesterday!), we have had quite heavy rain all day. Those 'burning hot and airless' Summer days already feel like a distant memory, mind you I think you had a lot more of them down there than we did here.

Fingers still crossed for your October record :)

Derek Faulkner said...

I'll take the bait Warren but you'll never convince me that there's anything better than hot and sunny summer days. The only people that can like today's weather are those with fair skin or ornithological statisticians.

Bob Bushell said...

Never mind Warren, it was a rainy day.

Marc Heath said...

I just wouldn't mind a Nuthatch on my patch, swap you a Waxwing!

Chris said...

We are getting quite a few waxwings now... Did not see them yet but I hope... Want some!!

Pete Woodruff said...

Warren I must say that sounded quite funny to read 'the rain was getting progressively heavier, so I headed for the Wet Woods for some shelter'.

As for Lesser-spotted Woodpecker, well I'll certainly swap you a Coot or two for one of those please....suspected extinct in our area.

Dean said...

Sounds like we`re in the same boat Warren. My patch as stalled as well.