Tuesday 11 October 2022

Tuesday 11th October

A chilly start to the day with dawn temperature less than 4c with small numbers of birds on the move overhead, but the crystal-clear sky meant many more passed over unheard. Counts of birds heading NE and on ground included 120 Goldfinch, 68 Meadow Pipit, 56 Linnet, 35 Pied and a Grey Wagtail, 18 Greenfinch, 18 Chaffinch, seven Jackdaw, seven Rook, three Reed Bunting, two Siskin and a Snipe. Heading west, and later in the day as usual, 20 Skylark.

As it warmed up up to 22 Chiffchaff began the move through the bushes with mixed tit flocks that included three Goldcrest, 26 Long-tailed and a Coal Tit. A vocal Cetti's Warbler and a hunting Kingfisher were at the Main Pond with at least three squealing Water Rail somewhere in the reeds.

In the estuary 363 Teal, 311 Wigeon, 218 Curlew, 120 Dark-bellied and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 22 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, eight Pintail, five Shelduck, four Sandwich Tern, three Great Crested Grebe and a Knot.

Wildlife News: Following the coldest night of the autumn so far, there was a noticeable drop off in insect numbers with just a few hoverflies and Ivy Bee, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter and just one butterfly - a Red Admiral.

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