6.0°C > 7.5°C: Clearing after more overnight rain; much fresher; light SW wind; very good visibility.
Apart from Wood Pigeons fewer over flights today, possibly after the weekend’s disturbance.
Today’s counts from the lake
- c.2650 Wood Pigeons
- 2 Sky Larks (and 5 over The Flash later)
- 1 Meadow Pipit
- 9 Pied Wagtails
- 27 Fieldfares
- 22 Redwings (with 17 more in trees around the lake)
- 303 Starlings (141 came out of two roosts in the reeds)
- 3 Goldfinches
- 1 Redpoll
(124th visit of the year)
Numbers likely affected by the motor boats rushing around the lake yesterday and throwing up bow-waves.
Little Grebe was uncharacteristically often in the centre of the water – different bird?
Drake and 2 duck Pochard flew in (and probably the same birds flew in at The Flash later).
In addition to the parties of Wood Pigeons flying S I logged >100 flying W and some of these individuals or small groups were probably heading to catch-up with migrant parties. Many of the big parties were ‘sucking up’ birds from distant trees to tag along.
An Epirrita sp. (November-type) moth on one of the newly-repaired (after 5 months!) street-lights
1 Little Grebe
2 Great Crested Grebes
13 (?) Mallard
5 (3) Pochard
56 (31?) Tufted Duck
1 Water Rail
c.85 Black-headed Gulls
195 Lesser Black-backed Gulls counted: just 9 of these stopped on the water
1 Herring Gull flew over
Corvid roost dispersal: c.850 Jackdaws and 35 Rooks
This morning’s November Moth-type Epirrita sp.
Priorslee Flash: 9:24am - 10:17am
(103rd visit of the year)
Another of the trees has fallen from the edge of the island in to the water: the island is slowly diminishing due to both wave action and erosion by the geese climbing in and out.
3 or 6 Great Crested Grebes? 3 loafing at the S end of the island when I arrived. When I had walked the short distance along Derwent Drive to view the other end of the island there were 3 loafing there. Later when I was on the E / SE side and most (but not all) of the lake was visible there only seemed to be 2! I had assumed the increase was because at least 2 had gone from the lake.
As noted above the 3 Pochard flew in probably from the lake.
Also 45 Tufted Duck flew in, perhaps also from there.
1 Raven over.
6? Great Crested Grebes
7 Greylag Geese
1 Cackling-type small Canada Goose
48 Canada Geese
1 all-white feral goose
28 (18) Mallard
1 all-white feral duck
3 (1) Pochard
69 (30?) Tufted Ducks
72 Black-headed Gulls
4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls: 1 of these on the water
Now this really is a Shaggy Ink-cap!
Somebody’s got the spoils and makes off.
Meanwhile every man for himself – there is food in there somewhere.
“I want some of that” (probably all of it given the chance!)