Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday 30th September

Not a bad morning, a bit cloudier sooner than expected, but could have been worse! It was pretty quiet first thing but evidence of migration was there with a trickle of Meadow pipits through and good numbers of Swallows, House Martins and a few Sand Martins also making their way south.

Early on there were 3 Tufted Ducks on the main lake but this increased to 9 by the end of the morning. There were also 4 Gadwalls on the main lake although they were very flighty.

On Fingers there were another 18 Gadwalls, a single Teal and a single Shoveler. We also found our first Little Grebe of the autumn, a youngster still showing some stripes on the head. A Kingfisher was quite active around east Fingers.

A Common Buzzard showed briefly over Kramer hide as it flew in, probably perching up in the Willows. It was seen again later from the Rough and probably the same one again, high south over the main lake.

EG was ringing in the Rough and had caught a few Blackcaps which were coming to his Blackcap tape. Including the one on the Spit there were 9 Blackcaps in total. While in the Rough we noticed 3 Goldcrests flitting about. EG changed the tape and snaffled 2 of the Goldcrests. In fact he had the little and large with a Wood Pigeon hitting the net just before the Goldcrests.

A Sparrowhawk was very active around the Rough, chasing a Jay at one point and putting the wind up everything else on 2 or 3 other occasions.

I continued around the park with DK but there was little else of note. It was just great to be out around the park.