Thursday, 7 October 2010

Patch work.

Boy, it was a touch breezy out there yesterday (Wednesday)!
I took a stroll by Freeman's Pools (highlight being a female tufted duck), then along the marsh sea wall path before returning along the cycle track. Birds seen along the way included c450 greylags, 200ish Canada geese, little egret, wigeon, green sandpiper, etc,
I couldn't find any migrant passerines at all - just a couple of grey wagtails over. Even the sheltered area around the walled meadow was bereft of birds.
I was amazed by the lack of common autumnal species - blackbirds, robins etc. Hedgerow activity was disappointing, to say the least. A lone goldcrest was the only thing of note.
Quite a few common darters and, presumably migrant, hawkers were seen.

Jon C.

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