Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturday 19/10/2013

Highlight of the morning was a 300+ flock of Redwings passing over south. Unfortunately we were along the Spit and couldn't see either end of the flock so 300 was the absolute minimum. A few minutes later ~40 Fieldfares passed over south, my first Fieldfares of the autumn. There were a few more Redwings during the morning, mostly in flocks of 5 or less but also a flock of ~30, totalling less than 50 in all.

A party of 14 Pochards including 3 females was on the main lake when I arrived but they departed north east at around 08:25. We also had Tufted Ducks, Gadwall, Teal, Wigeon and a single Shoveler.

A good number of Black-headed Gulls were on the main lake along with at least 22 Common Gulls and a couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

A Kingfisher was heard on the Main Lake up by the Finger Lakes. A single Grey Wagtail was on the Canoe Slalom and having heard several Goldcrests around the park we finally found 2 in the Pines in the North West corner by the Priory wall.

Also of note:

TP had one Jack Snipe on the gravelly pools between the east end of the Hundred Acre pit and the Bedford by-pass, along with about forty Common Snipe.