Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Autumn Chill......

A chilly blustery day, but fine and dry. Started off at Freeman's Pool and there are 5 Goldeneye present, usual Gadwall, Little Grebe, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen and today a Little Egret. I popped into the woods briefly, GS Woodpecker, Redwing and Treecreepers being the highlight. There is a noticeable increase in Chaffinch numbers all the way to the sewage works. The half a dozen or so Greenfinch are still present along the track, along with Goldfinch.
Wildfowlers’ Pool had 3 Little Grebe and 1 Kingfisher. Frog Pond was occupied by Canada Geese, 55ish. The Flood and surrounding fields had a few gulls and Redshank wandering about. On the marsh were 3 Little Egrets. A Kestrel was near the walled meadow. 
Last Sunday on my WeBS count there were up to 6 Rock Pipits near the pylons, it was almost a 10m tide which makes seeing these birds easier as they get pushed closer to the track. Today, at the works, apart from all the Chaffinch, 35ish, there were a good number of Blackbird around. I noticed snow on the Cumbrian Mountains. Also of note was a Peacock Butterfly.

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