A classic early autumn suite of birds present today. In the water bird migrant department there were 27 Green Sandpipers, 8 Common Sandpipers, 4 L.R.P, 50+ Lapwing, a juvenile Common Gull, and 2 Shoveler. All these birds have already completed breeding and are now staging at Beddington.
One of the latest breeding waterbirds are Tufted Ducks and the first broods have only just appeared.
A common sound in early Autumn is the calls of Willow/chiffs (pic 1) which are prominent this time of year. Looks like the bird wave along Cuckoo Lane has moved elsewhere and Swifts numbers appear to be less than a few weeks ago.