I just about got a ninety minute patch visit in this morning, I started off by visiting the woods and lakes first, hoping for a bit of shelter from the rain, but got soaked anyway. Very little was noted, just MALLARD and MOORHENS on the lakes, a few GOLDCRESTS in the Scrubby Woods, where a LONG TAILED TIT flock was also found.
A few MEADOW PIPITS were heard as I squelched across the long pasture at the Ashes Lane Fields, then, reaching the Greenhouse Grounds I checked the Alder Trees, where the SISKIN, GOLDFINCH and LESSER REDPOLLS fed as usual, not seeming to mind the rain.
I scanned the paddocks and pasture at Migrant Alley, finding a group of HERRING and BLACK HEADED GULLS present, about 20 of each, but as i scanned the Black Headed Gulls for a possible Med Gull, I saw a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL (71) fly in to join the flock, something at least for the October list on a miserable visit, about time this species got onto the months list! Now can I find 3 more new species for the month to reach the mean total achieved in the previous 5 Octobers ?
Blog brighteners for today come from yesterdays session at my garden feeders.............