11.0°C > 12.5°C: Very low cloud with period of drizzle: brightening after 10:00am. Light / moderate NW wind falling away. Moderate visibility, but poor in drizzle.
Best bird was the male Peregrine along the N side pre-dawn in the mist and drizzle. Its relatively small size (the male, also known as a tercel or tiercel, is significantly smaller than the female) gave me a few ID problems until it came really close and the diagnostic black malar stripe was visible even with the naked eye. On the basis of this sighting I am going to withdraw the Merlin sighting from 07 September as not being sufficiently well seen to co-exist as a record alongside this confirmed sighting. Peregrine is new for my site-list this year.
No confirmed migrants noted
(106th visit of the year)
Little Grebe still present: rather surprising as there was a regatta on the lake yesterday.
Mallard continue to confuse, flying around and coming and going: totals likely an under-recording.
No Tufted Duck early: single drake and then 5 more flew in.
All the large gulls flew over today: I checked most and these were all Lesser Black-backed and the majority were (near) adults – unlike the birds that stopped off last week that were predominately 1st winter birds.
Goldcrest family still in same general area: one of the juveniles has no head markings whatsoever.
Rooks over the top early as usual: just one small party of Jackdaws and these lost in the drizzle to the E.
1 Little Grebe
5 Great Crested Grebes
1 Cormorant over
1 Grey Heron
1 Canada Goose (inbound)
13 (7)+ Mallard
6 (6) Tufted Duck
4 + 7 (4 broods) Moorhen
106 Black-headed Gulls
48 large gulls, all of these over
1 (0) Blackcap
8 (4) Chiffchaffs
Corvid roost dispersal: 11 Jackdaws and 105 Rooks logged
Priorslee Flash: 9:11am - 10:24am
(89th visit of the year)
An additional juvenile Great Crested Grebe today.
Goose numbers not strictly comparable with previous days: the Greylags seemed to have arrived well before I did and many were probably already out of sight on the island. Canada Geese were still arriving – the Cackling Goose with them. Some of these were also in / inside the island and the party of non-flyers seemed to have joined them making the juvenile impossible to spot.
House Martins heard and just about seen overhead – they were flying in and out of the lowest cloud layer.
2 Ravens over again.
My first record of terrapin sp. here: appeared to be a Yellow-bellied Slider (Trachemys scripta), but hybrids are common.
An angler pulled out a small Perch while I was watching
2 + 2 Great Crested Grebes
40 Greylag Geese
1 Cackling-type Goose
206 + ? Canada Geese
The all-white feral goose
25 (16) Mallard
The all-white feral duck
36 (21) Tufted Ducks
0 + 2 (2 broods) Moorhen
32 Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls over
5+ House Martins
3 (1) Chiffchaffs
Here you can see more of the markings on the legs and feet.