Tuesday, 4 December 2007

The Story So Far Autumn 2007

Well I guess to begin the process, I should retrospectively list what I've seen and when. Can't go back for years, so though best to just hightlight what i've seen this Autumn, and then from here on, can log what I've seen each day I manage to escape from work and do something nice.

October 14th - Puxton Moor NR, North Somerset
Weather warm and sunny, light breeze - 15 minutes from car
1st flock of Fieldfare of year (20+), Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, Blue tit, 7 Long-Tail tit

October 31st - Back Garden, Stalbridge, Dorset
17 Goldfinches on niger seed, some on ground, some on tree, some on feeder, Coal tit, Blue tit, Wren, Robin, Pied Wagtail

November 1st - Chew Valley Lake (Heron's Green Pool), North Somerset.
09.00 - 09.15 on way into work - weather warm and sunny

20+ Lapwing, 3+ Teal, 20 + Black Headed Gull, Little Grebe, Moorhen, 11 Mallard, 2 Carrion Crow, Mute Swan (Juv), Water Rail, Snipe, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Pied Wagtail, 3 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, Raven, flying overhead

November 7th - Shapwick Heath NR, Somerset
14.00 -16.30 - weather bright but windy, becoming overcast and cool

various Long-Tailed tit flocks, 3 Mute Swan, 50+ Fieldfare, Various 10+ chaffinch flock, Cetti's Warbler (3 seperate heard), Hawker Spp dragonfly - id impossible at distance, Carrion Crow, overhead, 3 Graylag, Coot, Various Woodpigeon (no Stock Dove), 3 Blue tit, Robin, 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Gadwall, male, 3 Moorhen, Little Grebe, Mallard, Buzzard overhead, Wren, Reed Bunting, Kestrel, female hunting over peat cuttings, 3 Pheasant, Jay, Magpie

Sizeable display of starlings 500k+, two seperate flocks, one over Catcott which came across to join another one over Mere Heath

14 Little Egrets - on way home by Peat factory

November 10th - Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire

11.00 - 13.30. Weather warm but breezy - lovely infact

(didn't count species or make too many notes as up at Slimbridge to buy a telescope, but species seen in order seen)

Moorhen, Coot, Teal, Mute Swan, Wren, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Jackdaw, House Sparrow, Greylag, Robin, Grey Herron, Redwing, Buzzard, Herring Gull, Gadwall, Starling, Goldfinch (flock of 20-30), Greenfinch, Shelduck, Shovler, Wigeon, black Headed Gull, Little Grebe, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Stonechat, Lapwing, 2 Whooper Swan.

Also saw 2 Red Admiral's

November 11th - Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire
10.30-11.30 - popped back as eye piece of new scope was faulty, so only a very brief watch. weather was cool, wet after rain overnight, sunny later. Actually very quiet bird wise from the hides. Again in order of being seen;

Pintail, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, Lapwing, Rook, Jackdaw, Mallard, Teal, Canada Goose, Pheasant, Wren, Wood Pigeon, buzzard.

November 13th - Greylake RSPB Reserve, Somerset Levels
08.00-08.20 - weather dull, overcast and dark
In a moment of madness, drove 30 miles in the wrong direction before driving back to Bristol for work to see Glossy Ibis which had been resident for a week. Managed to get some cracking views, but only poor photo with compact digi camera as weather was dull and overcast. Highlight though was definitely 2 very showy water rails, plus a single later, which may or may not have been one of the pair. Also Stonechat, Mute Swan and Moorhen.

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