Saturday, 3 November 2018

All rather wintery

 There was still a bit of movement going on at Beddington this morning- 100+ Redwing, 40+ Fieldfare, 20+ Chaffinch, noticeable numbers of Song Thrush and Blackbird around etc. However the main theme was large numbers of ducks and gulls- no matter how much we try to deny it- autumn is almost over and winter is almost upon us. Today 120+ Shoveler, 10+ Wigeon, 25+ Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, Teal (mostly on 100 acre so not counted), 22 Mute Swan (an influx) and good numbers of gulls including 1 1st-winter Caspian Gull.

No sign of the Richard's Pipit after Viridor sent in machinery to mow the mound (on Thursday) hours after informing them of the bird's presence and of the public interest.

 Beddington Wildfowl- Wigeon, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Gadwall 

 First-winter 'Caspian Gull' the dark markings around the eye and the pale greater coverts could indicate a non-pure bird
 Part of an influx of Mute Sean include these ringed birds 4CSR and 4CSN- will be interesting to get the results on where they have originated 
The moth trap has been very quiet recently- the highlights being several Bricks and November Moths

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