Above is a photo of the scrub/young wood at the north end of Migrant Alley
Now the clocks have been moved back an hour, it's light when I to walk to work, for a short while at least! I noted all the species as I walked in, which came to a a total of 24, of those, COLLARED DOVE, MAGPIE, JACKDAW, GOLDFINCH, FIELDFARE, CARRION CROW, BLUE TIT, STARLING, and ROBIN, were noted as I walked down ashes Lane first thing. Crossing Migrant Alley, there were a group of about 40 BLACK HEADED and HERRING GULLS, mostly the former, all feeding on the sheep pasture. SKYLARK and ROOK were also seen here. Passing through the College Grounds I added, WOODPIGEON, GREAT TIT, DUNNOCK, SONGTHRUSH, BLACKBIRD, HOUSE SPARROW, CHAFFINCH, GOLDCREST, WREN, JAY and GREEN WOODPECKER. The walk back home produced just one more species to add to the list, when 3 SISKINS flew from a large pine tree as I approached home.
The payback of the extra light in the morning is having it get dark earlier, so its always a bit of a rush to get out after work. I had time enough to visit the Lake area, Wet woods and Tree Nursery, however everywhere I went was heavily disturbed today, Mowers, Chainsaws and bonfires !! So all I really recorded was the really common bird species. MALLARD and MOORHEN were on the lake, one of each were prepared to put up with the Chainsaw noise, COAL TIT, MARSH TIT, PHEASANT, BULLFINCH, NUTHATCH, GREENFINCH and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were in surrounding scrub.
A KESTREL flew over as I walked over to the Tree Nursery, Where I found a large party of at least 20 LONG TAILED TITS, as well as 2 MEADOW PIPITS, a MISTLE THRUSH and a few flyover PIED WAGTAILS. So the 1st day of the month ended with an ok total of 39 species, just 28 more to find now - one of them will be the Sparrowhawk, which incredibly I didn't see today :-)
Above and Below Long Tailed Tit