Saturday, 29 October 2011


The dull, damp, misty weather continued for my full patch walk this morning, a total of 47 species was recorded, which is a good tally for late October, however it doesn't tell the whole story, as the vast majority of that bird list was represented by either single birds or birds heard but unseen!

It was good to see three raptor species up hunting, single BUZZARD, KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK all showed well, also four Gull species, it's  not often I get four in the same visit, all flew over, most of these were BLACK HEADED and HERRING GULLS, but a singles of both COMMON and  LESSER BLACK BACKED also showed up.

Winter Thrushes were a bit more showy today, a flock of 18 REDWING, and 14 FIELDFARE flew over the Tree Nursery, but none of these winter migrants are stopping to feed on my patch yet, unlike the SISKIN, which at least 8 were feeding with the GOLDFINCH'S in the Greenhouse Complex Alders. 14 SKYLARKS flew up from the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, along with 6 MEADOW PIPITS, with 8 LINNETS seen out on the paddocks.

Over at the Lakes and Scrubby Woods, the water dripping from the trees made it feel even more miserable, nothing but the MALLARDS and MOORHEN were on the water, but a flock of LONG TAILED TITS brightened things up briefly. Only other thing of note today were the two CORMORANTS that flew over the main lake. The weather looks even more miserable tomorrow morning, but that's October!!


Rohrerbot said...

Sorry to hear about the misty weather. It sounds really nice right now and would love you to send it over to Tucson:)...well just for a couple days. I love the sun, but every once in awhile it's nice to have some of that fog...which is a very rare occurrence here. In any case, I hope it drizzle on for too long. I remember those days in Wisconsin. Endless foggy and misty was a bit depressing at times. But it was also a good reason to read and have a nice cup of coffee or tea:) Not so good for birding though.

Warren Baker said...

Hi Rohrerbot, it's typical late October weather here, it will soon liven up in November with rain and gales :-)

eileeninmd said...

It is snowing here in maryland today. An unusual October snowstorm. I love your beauttiful robin!

Warren Baker said...

Thanks Eileen,
At least there isn't any snow here!

Mike said...

Cracking Robin shot Warren.

Sharon said...

Love the Robin photo Warren :)
I heard my first Redwing the other day, haven't seen any though.