16.0°C > 14.5°C. initially medium overcast, calm and humid: after 06:00 cloud lowered with drizzle and rain, increasing NW breeze and much fresher / cooler. Good visibility but poor in rain and drizzle.
(74th visit of the year)
Large number of gulls flew in from the Ricoh fields as the rain reached its heaviest: c.35 Black-headed Gulls, c.80 large gulls, mostly Lesser Black-backs with just a few Herring Gulls. Just 3 juvenile Black-headed Gulls. Most of the large gulls were immatures with at least 1 juvenile and 1 adult. Most were in heavy moult and with the rain looked very scruffy.
2 parties of Feral Pigeons over, both comprising 15 birds. Although going in opposite directions these seemed to be different groups as only one group contained an almost all-white bird.
1 Stock Dove circling over the workings on the new school: when this was waste-ground this species was regular there but once work started this species has become scarce.
Usual arrival of Swifts as the bats leave: up to c.30 this morning. All left by 6:00am.
No House Martins again and none seen over the estate: they do not seem to be breeding there this year.
1 Yellowhammer was heard singing to the E, probably only audible because of light Sunday traffic.
At least 4 large bats this morning.
A male Yellow-tail moth on the only operational street light along the Teece Drive extension.
Elephant Hawk-moth still hanging in the foot-tunnel and quite obviously dead: a Tortrix moth on one of the lights in the tunnel.
Counts (in poor conditions)
2 + 2 (? broods) Great Crested Grebes
3 Grey Herons
2 + 1 Swans
18 (?) Mallard
No count of Coots
c.35 Black-headed Gulls
c.75 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
c. 5 Herring Gulls
c.30 Common Swifts
3 (3) Song Thrushes
5 (4) Reed Warblers
2 (1) Common Whitethroat
18 (8) Blackcaps
4 (3) Chiffchaffs
Corvid roost dispersal: 112 Jackdaws and 59 Rooks
1 (1) Reed Bunting
It is a wonder some of these can fly.
Priorslee Flash: 5:55am – 6:35am
(62nd visit of the year)
Further increase in number of Tufted Ducks: at least 5 were ducks but not all birds seen well-enough in poor light conditions to make accurate assessment
A few House Martins as usual: these seem to come from areas to the W and NE of The Flash with none around the immediate estate this year.
Kingfisher heard and then seen: my first at this site this year.
Cinnabar moth on one of the street lamps: my first imago of the year. Another Willow Beauty moth on the same lamp.
2 + 1 Great Crested Grebes
2 Grey Herons
105 Greylag Geese
1 Cackling Goose
232 + 1 Canada Geese
The all-white feral goose
14 (13) + 5 (1 brood) Mallard
1 feral Mallard
29 (?) Tufted Ducks
8 + 11 (? broods) Coots
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull over
2 House Martins
3 (3) Blackcap
3 (2) Chiffchaffs