Telford sunrise: 4:47am
8.0C > 12.5C. Mainly clear. Calm with light / moderate NNW wind; still feeling cool; very good visibility.
(77th visit of the year)
- single juvenile Coots from broods #1, #3 and #4: 2 juveniles from each of broods #6 and new brood #7 (brood #2 long-gone; nothing seen of brood #5 for 2 days).
- family party of Nuthatches along the S side.
- several moths including two which seem to be new for me.
Counts of birds flying over the lake (in addition to those on / around lake)
- 4 Greylag Geese (1 party)
- 2 Canada Geese (1 party)
- 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 7 Cormorants (3 singles, 1 party)
- 1 Feral Pigeon
- 2 Collared Doves
- 147 Jackdaws
- 71 Rooks
- 1 Starling again
Count of hirundines etc
- c.25 Swifts
- 1 Swallow
- 2 House Martins
Count of singing warblers
- 7 Chiffchaffs once more
- 1 Willow Warbler again
- 14 Blackcaps
- 1 Common Whitethroat yet again
- 5 Reed Warblers
The counts from the lake area
- 2 Mute Swans
- 1 Canada Goose, briefly
- 6 (4♂) Mallard again
- 7 + 2 (1 brood) Great Crested Grebes
- 3 Moorhens again
- 38 + 7 (5 broods) Coots
Good lighting on the waning moon shows the craters well.
A nice clear sunrise.
Ah! the Autumn mists! Mallard with Coot behind.
A quick preen – makes my neck ache to watch!
Now looking alert: see how the tail is jammed against the tree as a ‘prop’.
And now he has to shake to get the preened feathers back in to alignment.
As long as they continue to pose we can all look at juvenile Long-tailed Tits.
and yet again.
Talking of posing: here is a male Blackbird doing just that.