Wednesday, 12 October 2016

In some wet and cool conditions I carried out a full patch walk this morning, finding a total of 43 bird species in all, not too bad considering the rain. I'm still not finding the likes of Pheasant, Canada or Greylag Goose for the months list, normally all regulars, but I did add FIELDFARE (62) to the October list when a group of 20-30 flew over the Small Holding area, then, later, another flock of at least 100 flew over Migrant Alley, but not one called!

The GREY WAGTAIL was at the Greenhouse Grounds again, where I found just one STONECHAT, perhaps the other two will turn up again tomorrow! A few PIED WAGTAILS and MEADOW PIPITS chased about the placed too.

A KINGFISHER and a GREY HERON were visiting the lakes, but no interesting duck species were found there today. The Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods between them were good for CHIFFCHAFF, GOLDCREST, NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH, MISTLETHRUSH, SONGTHRUSH, JAY, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER and COAL TIT of note, but not a Treecreeper or Long Tailed Tit to be seen today, the latter were found in my garden later this afternoon however, with a group of 8 at the feeders, also the SPARROWHAWK paid a visit - as usual!

The only other raptor species seen this morning was BUZZARD, still no Kestrels about and there were no Swallows today!


Pete Woodruff said...

Still to see my first Fieldfare and other winter visitors.

Glad your Stonechat is still hanging on, presumably migrants going to cross the English Channel at some point soon Warren?

Warren Baker said...

The stonechats have been here all October, the longest I have had this species hang around for, but yes i suspect they will head south very soon now .