Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday 26th October

It was another lovely autumnal morning today. The warm autumn sunlight showing off the seasonal colours at their best.

A Treecreeper called from the line of Oaks at the top of the Causeway, 8 Goldcrests were noted, at least 14 Jays were seen busy collecting food, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were noted through the Len Valley, 2 Meadow Pipits flew over, a flock of at least 22 Siskin were feeding in the Alders in the Len Valley and along the Causeway, 3 Redpoll flew over with a flock of Goldfinch towards the Golf Course, and 2 Redwing passed over.

Female Blackbird in Ivy

2 Grey Herons were on the edges of the Lake, a Water Rail was glimpsed as it flew between reedbeds close to the Inlet, and out on the Lake itself were at least 6 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Mute Swans, 42 Canada Geese, 2 Tufted Duck, 9 Shoveler, and the drake Mandarin was relocated by the old Horse Chestnuts. There were at least 44 Black-headed Gulls and 9 Common Gulls also noted.

A Speckled Wood butterfly made an appearance by the old Walled Garden, and lots of fungi were found.

Verdigris Agaric

My year list for the park is now at 96, so 4 more species to find if I am to reach 100 - a total I have never achieved before. The problem is that I have already seen all the annual winter migrants and have missed out on annual spring and summer migrants such as Cuckoo, Nightingale and Sedge Warbler. Lets keep everything crossed that I can find the 4 species I need!!


Warren Baker said...

Hi Simon,
I'm sure if you watch the lake enough, you will get the 4 species you need.

Your list already contains at least 10 species that mine doesn't, what do i get that you don't ? OK Sedge Warbler and Cuckoo! but I would have thought the park would hold all the species I have on my patch.

Good luck with the 100!!!

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Simon.
I too wish you luck with the 4 species you need, there is still time.
You are getting good counts of woodland birds, and some nice species too.

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