Saturday, November 08, 2008

Saturday 8th November

A wet and blustery day greeted me this morning, but despite the poor conditions, I went ahead and walked my usual route.

6 Goldcrests were noted, 6 Redwing, 1 Pied Wagtail, and 1 Skylark flew west, a Nuthatch called briefly from the Oaks by Mote Cottages, at least 16 Siskin were counted in the Alders by the bridge along the River Len, a Grey Wagtail was perched on the wall of the bridge as I approached, a group of Long-tailed Tit were seen passing through the willows and alders along the causeway by the Weir, a Great Spotted Woodpecker called from an Oak, a Pheasant was heard calling from the area of scrub opposite the Inlet, and 2 Treecreeper were spotted amongst a mixed feeding flock in the hawthorn hedge at the top of the causeway.

On the Lake were Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, a male Tufted Duck, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Mute Swan, a flock of 27 Canada Geese, 4 Pochard – the first of the winter – and a group of at least 13 Cormorants. The gull flock on the Lake included at least 86 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Common Gulls, and a very smart adult winter-plumaged Mediterranean Gull.

1 comment:

Warren Baker said...

well done for getting out today Simon. I don't know about you, but I always think once your out in the weather, it isn't as bad as you think its going to be.

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