|A few Red Admiral Butterflies are still on the wing|
This afternoon, after work, I took a walk over to the Lake area, via the Small Holding and Wet Woods, little was noted here apart from 4 GREEN WOODPECKERS on a large lawn adjacent to the Small holding. The lakes and Scrubby Woods however were quite busy, I found the first GREY HERON (63) of the month resting in a low bush over one of the small lakes, a scattering of MALLARDS and MOORHENS were as usual also on the water, but no other ducks were with them unfortunately.
I crossed paths with a troop of LONG TAILED TITS while at the Scrubby Woods, and I watched 8 of them pass by me, along with two GOLDCREST, a few BLUE TITS and two COAL TITS, I was sure I heard a Marsh Tit with them, and sure enough, after a bit of a wait, I got short views of my first MARSH TIT (104,64) of the year, in fact the first since April last year. This is a species that only over winters on my patch in ones and twos, and then not every year, so I'm pleased to find it :-)
At least four BULLFINCH were heard calling from the dense brambles, a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER was chased by a SPARROWHAWK, and a KESTREL was also up hunting, flyovers from SISKIN and a lone SKYLARK made up an interesting afternoons visit :-)
The Marsh Tit brings me one species nearer to my goal of 109 species for this year, a tall order now, but not entirely impossible, 5 more new species might just turn up :-) the October list is now at 64, which is the joint 5th best out of 11.
|Long Tailed Tit|