5.5°C > 7.5°C: Mist and fog, lifted somewhat from time to time. Calm. Poor, sometime very poor, visibility
(113th visit of the year)
All counts to some extent affected by the poor visibility
Overhead passage this morning
- 22 Meadow Pipits
- 37 Pied Wagtails
- 9 Greenfinches
- 1 Siskin (first of Autumn for me here)
- 1 Linnet
Apparently 70 Tufted Ducks: groups seen flying around but not possible to determine whether these were additional birds coming or going or merely bird repositioning.
Two Song Thrushes briefly in song today.
Two Chiffchaffs calling: no song heard.
Most of the Rooks seemed to have passed over too high to see from my location: two large groups of Jackdaws were briefly seen and estimated as they shot through very low.
c.35 Goldfinches in party flushed out of an Alder in NW area: many singles / small groups before and after were probably mostly some of this party arriving / leaving.
My first Rabbit at the lake this year – indeed for a very long time: seen around the yacht club compound where 5 years ago they were common and even got so used to me they took no notice.
A dead shrew sp. on the W end path. Probably a Common Shrew.
an Epirrita sp (November Moth agg.) moth on one of the lamps.
Counts (mostly fog-limited)
4 Great Crested Grebes
2 Grey Herons
11 (6) Mallard
>70 Tufted Duck
1 Water Rail
? Coots: not counted
74 Black-headed Gulls
28 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
3 Herring Gulls, all immatures
Corvid roost dispersal: c.330 Jackdaws and just 16 Rooks
2 (0) Chiffchaff