9.0°C > 10.0°C: Heavy passing showers. Moderate SSW wind. Good visibility except in heaviest rain.
Only migrants noted were:
- 2 Meadow Pipits between the showers
(111th visit of the year)
Apart from the water-bird counts all sightings limited to quick sprints between the showers.
A pair of Mallard flew in and then out again: otherwise 8 seen flying distantly.
Water Rail heard again.
Of the c.110 Black-headed Gulls present at 8:45am just 4 seemed to be 1st winter birds – in contrast to counts in August where the majority were this year’s immatures.
Lone Chiffchaff singing while it was raining, but silent otherwise.
Large corvid passage of, especially, Jackdaws: in spite of / because of? the weather.
2 single Ravens over.
5 Great Crested Grebes
1 Grey Heron
10 (?) Mallard
50 (29) Tufted Duck
1 Water Rail
c.110 Black-headed Gulls
44 large gulls: 31 of these on the lake, 2 of which were Herring Gulls
1 (1) Chiffchaffs
Corvid roost dispersal: 479 Jackdaws and 191 Rooks
A threatening start.
Even more so as the rain shower approaches