Tuesday, 31 August 2010

31 August 2010

Another bright sunny day with very little wind, a heavy mist over the lake made it difficult to see across and with the forecast due to continue for the week it's hopefully going to make for a interesting week on the migrant front, temp was 12c and felt very cool until the sun got on your back, visit 06.20 - 07.55.

After all the excitement of yesterday with the Sandwich Tern, things seemed a bit quiet this morning, it felt very autumnal and some of the birds seen pointed in that direction, as I entered the park 8 Starlings flew over and a Jay flew across the playing field, on the model boating lake 2 adult and 2 juvenile Great Crested Grebes with at least another 5 on the main lake, 13 Mute Swans on the boating lake and another 7 on the main lake, also on the main lake a Grey Heron, 63 Tufted Ducks, 1 Shoveler, 2 Pochard and a nice surprise was 3 Goosanders, flying over the main lake a few House Martins, Swallows and just 1 Sand Martin, also a Cormorant flew over heading north and a real sign of autumn a Meadow Pipit flew over.

Quite quiet on the Warbler and Tit front with about 10 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Willow Tit and 3 Blackcaps, a couple of Grey Wagtails were at Ted Heath Rock.

Later in the morning Dave Kelsell had, 2 Cormorants and 18 Lapwings over the main lake and 2 Spotted Flycatchers by the overflow on the canal at the side of the sewage works, the Lapwings puts us on 72 species for the month, the second best month of the year after April, which will take a bit of beating on 78 species.

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