Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tuesday 13th November

It was cold, drizzly and overcast this morning. The early morning rain and low cloud did have its benefits, as several more winter visitors had arrived, and any birds flying over were doing so reasonably low.

4 Goldcrests fluttered around one of the Wellingtonia along Laurel Walk, another ‘crest’ which sounded slightly louder and deeper than the Goldcrests tagged along with them (could it have been a Firecrest?), and after a long, long time of staring at more twigs than birds I decided to move on and check again later. Several parties of Long-tailed Tits were seen, only 3 Jay were seen, 33 Redwing were seen, 4 Treecreeper were heard, 4 Herring Gulls flew south, a Nuthatch called from an Oak, 1 each of Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker were seen, a flock of 29 Fieldfare flew north, Mistle Thrush appeared to be very active, Siskin numbers have increased - 2 flocks were seen, 1 consisting of at least 32 birds fed in an Alder along the River Len, another flock fed in an Alder by the Weir consisting of at least 25 birds, and several more birds were seen flying over – 5 Chaffinch and 2 Brambling flew into a Hawthorn on the edge of the wet woodland along the Len, several Pied Wagtails flew over, and 3 large flocks of Goldfinch also passed overhead.

On the Lake were at least 6 Mute Swans, 24 Canada Geese, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. The gull flock on the Lake consisted of at least 25 Common Gulls, even more Black-headed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, and 1 Med Gull. In addition to this, 4 Grey Herons were seen, and a Grey Wagtail fed along the River Len.

Also of note were several Rabbits, a shoal of Chub in the River Len, and my return to the Wellingtonia produced a Treecreeper, and no crests.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Some good local birds there simon. I have been away for a week in America. Can't wait to get back to my patch. sad eh!

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