Friday, 30 September 2011

The final patch visit of September, late this afternoon, added nothing to the months list, in fact little was seen in the hot sticky conditions. I walked the Tree Nursery, and the run off pool, where once again I encountered the LONG TAILED TIT flock, with a CHIFFCHAFF in tow. The Pub Field was dry and dusty, only providing interest to WOODPIGEON, STOCK DOVE, and JACKDAWS, plus the ever present ROOKS. A trip round the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley was particularly birdless, the only species of note was a KESTREL up hunting. The final piece of habitat visited, just before dusk, was the Greenhouse Grounds, and although there were more birds here, they were all the common regulars - ROBIN, DUNNOCK, WREN, BLACKBIRDS etc. I did watch the first of the PIED WAGTAILS coming in to roost, before leaving, always a nice sound to here them cheerily ''bouncing'' across the sky.

So the month ended with 73 species being seen, which is 6 more than the ten year September mean, and although five behind the record Sept. tally of 78 ( achieved in 2009) it still manages joint 2nd place with last September. Just one species was added to the combined September list, that was the Grasshopper Warbler, which was a patch first in fact, this brought the total to 90 species, the second best month behind April, and equal to October.

Chiffchaff

Long Tailed tit


Long Tailed Tit

6 comments:

Tim James said...

I see you found an LTT that was decidedly less camera-shy. Lovely shots.

Warren Baker said...

Hi Tim, Yes, One finally stood still!!

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Good total there Warren - hope October follows suit for you.

Cheers

Davo.

Ken. said...

Hi Warren.
First of all, what a great photo of the Chiffchaff.
That is a good species total for September.Good luck with October tally.

Jason K said...

Cracking photos as per usual Warren.

I had a better patch day today with my first couple of Siskins of the Autumn in one of the Larches.

Dean said...

Same stats as me there, Warren. 73 this month, 78 last Sept. Spooky, ehhh.