Thursday, 30 October 2014

Today being the penultimate patch walk of October, I was hoping to try and squeeze another new species in for the months list, but I would still need to find 3 more to equal the record October tally of 77, which was set in 2010.

By the end of the 3 hour walk I hadn't added a new species, but there were a few bits and pieces still to be of interest to me. Over on the lakes the KINGFISHER was seen again, while in the bankside scrub a party of at least a dozen LONG TAILED TITS were watched, with them were a few BLUE and GREAT TITS, a COAL TIT, 2 GOLDCRESTS and a CHIFFCHAFF, nearby the calls of NUTHATCH and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were heard. The adjacent Scrubby Woods had 4 BULLFINCH feeding on old Blackberry seeds, plus the odd JAY was seen, a SONGTHRUSH gave a little halfhearted song  :-)

Other birds of note seen this morning were flyovers, in the form of SKYLARK and MISTLETHRUSH, but more pleasing was seeing another two FIELDFARE go over as well as a single LESSER REDPOLL.

I'll be doing a full patch walk in the morning, one last push to get the months tally up the rankings  :-)

Later in the morning I had a visit to Sevenoaks wildfowl reserve, mainly to try and get a Kingfisher shot from the Willow Hide, but although I did see a Kingfisher fly past, it didn't alight on the perches provided  :-(   It was all bit gloomy still anyway, so maybe it was just as well. I did point the camera at a few things, but the light was all wrong and I deleted most of the stuff, but I here's a few usable images......


Tufted Duck

Canada Goose having a brush up

Canada Geese exiting


Marc Heath said...

A nice selection Warren today. Like the water flying around in the Geese shots.

Alan Pavey said...

Great shots Mate have you got a new lens?