Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Another grey day - with birds

Weather conditions were similar to yesterday – dank and grey but somehow the pond had a number of overnight arrivals including 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Common Scoter and 2 Pintail loosely associated to a Wigeon flock which on top of the Black-necked Grebe and Scaup already present made this a worth while visit.
Unfortunately I was taken short and had to dive in to the bushes so not sure what dark barrel chested bird harassed the Wigeon but many of them had cleared off by the time I returned and failed to re-locate the Pins or Mergs.
Other sightings included Wheatear and Rock Pipit on barn bank, 90+ Meadow Pipits, 5 Fieldfare, a Grey Plover flew out of the gloom calling heading west, 36 Teal, 2 Pochard, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Siskin, 25 Stock Dove, 10 Yellowhammer, 5 Jay, Buzzard and Raven.
Two brown variations of Green Brindled Crescent and my earliest December Moth were in the trap along with 10 other species and Bob could not resist a picture of some fungi growing on my lawn

December Moth

any ideas?

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