October 31st 2019
Today’s highlight was a Woodcock in the North Pit that I disturbed when I walked along the path. I don’t know which of us was more surprised!
October 27th 2019
Highlight today was seeing my first young Whoopers of the season and an increasing number of gulls roosting on the lake.
October 23rd 2019
Highlights were my first Fieldfares of the autumn, the long staying Great White Egret and the Whooper Swans.
October 20th 2019
Highlights for today were 4 new Whooper Swans that dropped in mid morning, and an increase in passerines moving about, including a few more Siskin and my first Redpoll of the year. The Swallow from earlier in the week was still present, flying and feeding with no obvious difficulty.
October 17th 2019
The highlights today were my first Whooper Swans for the winter, a late Swallow and the number of raptors that included four Marsh Harriers that came over, briefly pausing harassing a hunting Common Buzzard; one of the harriers with red wing tags and a Red Kite.
October 14th 2019
Highlight was 5 Whooper swan again on the lake at dawn, and the increase in the number of thrushes and Goldcrests added interest. Low light was the weather, with rain for most of the visit, so I didn't get to do a full circuit/count of the site today.
Highlight was the Merlin.
October 5th 2019
An interesting day, with plenty of movement - Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Redwing. Highlights were 5 adult Whooper Swans on the lake at dawn and a most unexpected 10 Grey Partridge running away from me along the north belt track at west end of lake. Also good to see some Bearded Tits in the reedbed.
October 3rd 2019
An uneventful count, though I was surprised to hear a Chiffchaff singing strongly!
Results of our twice weekly bird census submitted by Bruce Martin and Graeme Reed