Sunday, 9 October 2016

Redwings + Thrushes...

Date: 9th October 2016
Location: Newton Park Lake - Circular
Weather: Blue Sky, Some Cloud, Cold Wind
Other Species: 5+ Goldfinch, 1 Coal Tit, 10+ Goldcrest, 3 Grey Wagtail, 8 Buzzard (Seen Together), 2 Kestrel, 8 Pied Wagtail, 20+ Long-Tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Raven, 5+ Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 25+ Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Greater-Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Marsh Tit, 6 Yellowhammer, 9 Collared Dove, 3 Linnet, 1 Jay + 2 Stock Dove - 46 Species
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Observation: We started out through Bath Mill as normal, 1 single Grey Wagtail and a small number of calling Goldcrest up through into Dog Walk. At Seven Acre, we were only on a count of 10 species, pretty low considering we are normally on 22 at this point! Just before the crossroads a large group of 6 Buzzards were circling high on the thermals, we did count a further 4 but couldn't find the initial group. A fly-past Kestrel joined a further Kestrel which was high up with the Buzzard group.



Into the Village and the Pied Wagtails seem to have done well this year as we counted a total of 8 Pied Wagtail together, normally we have 3-4. A constant call of Long-Tailed Tit's through the Village and also 2 Nuthatch in the churchyard, which flew off together into the Yew tree nearby. As we walked out towards the Workshop Covert a calling Raven flew alongside us for a few seconds before going into the trees.

Earlier sightings from patch birder Robert Hargreaves, we had a good scan in the Send-A-Cow fields for the Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush and Redwing, as we had earlier seen them flying in this direction, but nothing once we got there.

At the Lakes, the Fisherman's Car Park was full (must have been a match) so wasn't expecting much on Bottom Lake. A fly-over Grey Heron, 4 Mallard and a single Moorhen were the only sightings. Top Lake helped boost our sightings count! 28 further Mallards seen along with the 2 Mute Swan, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Teal but no Wigeon, hopefully she has moved on and found a mate, as she looked sad the last few visits! The earlier Redwing and Mistle Thrush seemed to have stopped off here feeding on the Yew trees, 5+ Mistle Thrush and 25+ Redwing counted but no pictures!

Whilst walking around the Kingfisher landed on his normal perch, but flew off so this was the only picture we got of him!


We sat for 10 minutes as we normally do, a stunning Male Sparrowhawk was flying above us, tormenting the Jackdaws, we lost sight of him after a few minutes.
Onto Top End, a single Song Thrush, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Treecreeper were spotted. Then.... A single Marsh Tit, which was nice!

We went back via Park Farm, 6 Yellowhammer still present in the far hedges along with 10+ Feral Pigeon's in the ploughed field. A total count of 9 Collared Dove at Park Farm (a good count for the patch).

2 Linnet with a small group of Goldfinch feeding on the seeds from the fields.


The final birds today were a single Jay (heard) and 2 Stock Dove distantly down by College Drive.


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