|95% Moon setting To The West!|
On route to Brandon a Weasel ran across in front of me as I came through the back roads at Stockton and a Barn Owl was quartering the fields just prior to Birdingbury. I arrived around a half hour before sunrise to a chilly Brandon, only 5C showing on the the cars temperature gauge.
It was nice to be back at Brandon on a crisp and clear early morning, my favourite time and I took my usual route which takes me past the wind pump, Sheepfield and New Hare Covert. The usual hoards of Gulls were passing overhead, mostly Black-headed and probably from the Draycote roost. Not a lot to report prior to emerging from New Hare Covert, the best a calling Nuthatch but as I rounded the golf course corner a flock of around 20 or so small birds flew into a nearby tree. By the time I'd sorted them I'd recorded 4 Lesser Redpoll and at least 15 Siskin before they were on their way, winter is coming!
|Chiffchaff (lots of Hawthorn to investigate!)|
East Marsh Pool had the usual hoards of Greylag and Canada, plus the now regular Egyptian and Pink-footed Goose were also present. My first Pochard of the autumn along with Lapwing (300), Gadwall (41), Teal (44), Snipe (13), Kingfisher (2) and the New Zealand Scaup (escapee) were the other highlights.
Hirundine numbers are now dwindling but a decent number of Swallows, plus House Martin (3) were recorded. A few Butterflies and Dragonflies on the wing and these included Green-veined White, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Common Darter and Migrant Hawker.
Notable Records for the full visit:
Blackcap (3), Cettis Warbler (3 heard), Chiffchaff (3), Coal Tit (2), Egyptian Goose (1), Gadwall (41), GS Woodpecker (3), Green Sandpiper (1 heard), Green Woodpecker (2), House Martin (3 over), Kingfisher (2), Lapwing (310), Lesser Redpoll (6), Meadow Pipit (4 over), Nuthatch (2), Pied Wagtail (3), Pink-footed Goose (1), Reed Bunting (7), Shoveler (7), Siskin (17), Skylark (2 over), Snipe (13), Sparrowhawk (2), Swallow (33 over), Teal (44), Tufted Duck (12), Water Rail (4), Common Whitethroat (1)