Archive for October 23, 2013

After a morning appointment, I took the opportunity to complete this months BTO winter thrush survey visit to Sutcliffe Park Nature reserve and the surrounding area. The recent rains has led to a lot of flooding and so had to keep to the high ground above the river level.

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The mixture of rain showers and strong wind kept the number of birds observed low and the only survey birds recorded were a single starling in Sutcliffe Park and 2 parties of 14 and 6 starlings in the Westhorne Avenue area. I’m not terribly surprised at these results as although there have been some reasonable records of passage of winter thrushes from the London area this month, it is usually well into November or December, before I start seeing them ‘resident’ on my local patch. Some years, we even have to wait for the snows (most usually January time) until they turn up. One sign the winter is coming on was a flock of tits in the Westhorne Avenue area which consisted of around a dozen Long-tailed Tits and a smaller number of Blue Tits flitting from tree to tree along the roadside.

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Another pleasing observation, showing that summer was still trying to hang on, was a male and female Common Darter dragonflies egg laying in the main lake, no doubt taking advantage of the break in the wet weather which we have had for the last week or so.

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Back at home, had up to 6 Western Jackdaws in the garden – another sign that we are moving from summer towards winter.

Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)