Thursday, 30 October 2014

Today being the penultimate patch walk of October, I was hoping to try and squeeze another new species in for the months list, but I would still need to find 3 more to equal the record October tally of 77, which was set in 2010.

By the end of the 3 hour walk I hadn't added a new species, but there were a few bits and pieces still to be of interest to me. Over on the lakes the KINGFISHER was seen again, while in the bankside scrub a party of at least a dozen LONG TAILED TITS were watched, with them were a few BLUE and GREAT TITS, a COAL TIT, 2 GOLDCRESTS and a CHIFFCHAFF, nearby the calls of NUTHATCH and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were heard. The adjacent Scrubby Woods had 4 BULLFINCH feeding on old Blackberry seeds, plus the odd JAY was seen, a SONGTHRUSH gave a little halfhearted song  :-)

Other birds of note seen this morning were flyovers, in the form of SKYLARK and MISTLETHRUSH, but more pleasing was seeing another two FIELDFARE go over as well as a single LESSER REDPOLL.

I'll be doing a full patch walk in the morning, one last push to get the months tally up the rankings  :-)

Later in the morning I had a visit to Sevenoaks wildfowl reserve, mainly to try and get a Kingfisher shot from the Willow Hide, but although I did see a Kingfisher fly past, it didn't alight on the perches provided  :-(   It was all bit gloomy still anyway, so maybe it was just as well. I did point the camera at a few things, but the light was all wrong and I deleted most of the stuff, but I here's a few usable images......

Cormorant

Tufted Duck

Canada Goose having a brush up

Canada Geese exiting

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A very different day weatherwise today, with rain, heavy dark clouds and murky conditions prevailing throughout.

I did manage to get out for a couple of hours though, but very little was seen. A KINGFISHER was again present at the lakes, where there was an increase in MALLARD numbers, 18 being seen in all, but there was no sign of the Little Grebe today. A LESSER REDPOLL called continuously whilst flying over the Scrubby Woods, where only a few BULLFINCH and GOLDCREST were of any note.

The Male KESTREL was hunting around the Greenhouse Grounds / Ashes Lane Fields and two MEADOW PIPITS flew from the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley. The best bird seen today was a BLACKCAP, a female was seen in the pile of old raspberry canes at the Greenhouse Grounds.

Later in the morning and into the afternoon I decided to see what my garden was attracting, the Sparrowhawk hasn't been around for two days now and the birds are pouring back to the feeders  ;-)

Here's a lsit of what was seen today, with peak counts :-

2 Woodpigeon
2 Magpie
1 Jackdaw
3 Great spotted Woodpeckers
2 Nuthatch
1 Treecreeper ( the second one to visit this year)
12 Collared Doves
22 Starlings
2 Blackbirds
2 House Sparrows
2 Dunnocks
2 Robins
1 Wren
1 Coal Tit
4 GreatTit
14 Blue Tit
1 Long Tailed Tit
4 Greenfinch
19 Goldfinch
6 Chaffinch

20 species in all, the Treecreeper takes the October garden tally to 25 species, which is the joint second best October count, joint with 2007 and 2012  :-)

Ive got a few images from the garden, I took these during the last few days......

Blue Tit

Coal tit

Chaffinch