Archive for October 2, 2014

The last month has seen an upturn in activity around the patch. The winter birds are starting to return and I have seen the first large parties of Ring-necked Parakeets..The numbers flying over on route to / from the roost at Hither Green have also been increasing. There has also been a rise in activity around the feeder station although Blue Tits still seem to be a rare sighting. The Little Grebe was seen sporadically on the Tarn where the algal bloom continues and where there are only a few Coots and Moorhens left. A Grey Heron has been been leaving the Tarn on a couple of occasions which I presume means it is using the Islands as a roost site. There were 25 species of bird seen on the patch this month including 2 new ticks for the year (Goldcrest and Grey Wagtail). This brings the total to 46 species for 2014.

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At the end of the Butterfly season there were a good number of Speckled Wood around the patch along with large and Small White.

Speckled Wood

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A Migrant Hawker was the only dragonfly around the patch with a single on a couple of occasions

Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
Eurasian Nuthatch [sp] (Sitta europaea)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Small White (Artogeia rapae)
Speckled Wood [sp] (Pararge aegeria)

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)