A full patch walk was carried out this morning, the final tally of bird species reached 41, a little below par, with the likes of Coal Tit, Stock Dove, Treecreeper and Pheasant not being seen, the latter two species still haven't been recorded this month, but at least I did add a couple of new species to the October list. The first of those was REED BUNTING (55) a single flew over Migrant Alley and over the Greenhouse Grounds, where a team of workers were using brush cutters, so nothing at all was seen there, I guess those Stonechats will have gone for good now!
The second addition to the months list was KINGFISHER (56), I watched one flew low across the ornamental lake, then 'bumbed' into it again as it sped over my head whilst I was in the nearby Scrubby Woods.
Not much else to report today though, apart from 2 pairs of SWALLOWS that flew over and a CHIFFCHAFF at the small Holding Area, these were the only Summer species encountered, plus the 3 local Raptor species of SPARROWHAWK, KESTREL and BUZZARD were about. A CORMORANT flew low over the lakes but didn't come down to fish, unlike this one below, the photo of which I took on Monday.
I liked the light in this image, the sun was just catching the top of the bird.
A few minutes later, the sun was fully on the bird