Goosander 2 drakes near the jetty Great Crested Grebe 24 Mute Swan 35 a Mute Swan and GCG nesting close proximity. Lots of ‘hirundines’ over the bay difficult to estimate numbers, mostly Swifts. Others: Kingfisher 1 Reed Warbler 7 Cetti’s 4 Whitethroat 2 Blackcap 1 Chiffchaff 1 Reed Bunting 2.
Goosander 9 one male House Martin circa 50 Grey wagtail 2 Coot 4 nests two with chicks Shelduck 1
On a cold windy day: Sand Martin 20 Swallow 1 first of the year for us. Goosander 13 (two drakes) Also Lesser Black-backed Gull colour ringed F:458
Mediterranean Gull adult transitional winter to breeding plumage Goosander 1 female Lesser B?B Gull 40 Herring Gull 10 Black-headed Gull 40.
Water Rail an immature bird, Goosander 8 three of which were drakes, also good numbers of gulls none of which were ringed.
Goosander 15 three of which were drakes, Kingfisher 1 Moorhen 6 Cormorant 2
Blackcap 1 male feeding in mahonia Tufted Duck 51 Teal 6 and colour ringed Black-headed and Lesser B/B Gulls.
Jackdaw with single white feather.
Tuesday 13th October: Redwing 6 Mistle Thrush 10 Great Tit 8 Blue Tit 6 Goshawk 1 Song Thrush 2
Red Kite 2 Peregrine 1 Buzzard 2 Chiffchaff 6 Jay 2 Swallow 5 Stonechat 1 Linnet 5. Also, Southern Hawker 4 ( one female ovipositing) Common Darter lots, Emerald Damselfly 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly 1 Comma Butterfly 1 Signal Crayfish 4
Goshawk 1 Red Kite 2 Buzzard 2 Tree Creeper 1 there were lots of Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters also Southern Hawker 3 and Blue-tailed Damselfly 1
Chiffchaff Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Dragonflies: Emperor, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter, Blue-tailed and Emerald Damselflies.
Mediterranean Gull 2nd year with Black-headed Gulls the bird was ringed PY8 red
Crossbill 10 Siskin 20 Goshawk 1 Willow Warbler 1 Chiffchaff 2 blackcap singing plus one juvenile.
Dipper juvenile on the stream next the hide path Grey Heron 3 Blackcap 4 one eating Cherries. Chiffchaff 2. Azure Damselfly 3 Broad-bodied Chaser 1
On our daily walk it was a nice surprise to see Cuckoo flying over the moat calling. Sand Martin 20 Grey Wagtail 2 Swallow 3.
Nice to see two Tree Pipits feeding on the ground, Garden Warbler 1 Blackcap 6 Willow Warbler 1 Chiffchaff 2 Jay 1 Mistle Thrush 1 no sign of any Dragonflies yet.
Willow Warbler 2 our first of the year Blackcap 6 Chiffchaff 4 Wren 5 Dunnock 4 Jay 1 Buzzard 1 Butterflies Brimstone 8 Peacock 6 and a Dark-edged Bee-fly.
Sand Martin at least 9 Chiffchaff 1 Shelduck 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull 20 and very few people.
A cold blustery visit yesterday afternoon, Yellow Legged Gull was the only bird of note. Sadly there were no Goosander.