I can't actually remember the last time I saw a good bird at Beddington? It's certainly been a quiet year with few stand out highlights. Some of that has been down to access restrictions but the wind has also been predominately from the west (our worst conditions) for most of the spring and autumn.
A storm passed through today and with the influx of Long-tailed Ducks across the country and a Red-throated Diver in Regents Park I dared to hope that something might get blown in to the farmlands. All I could muster up was a new Wigeon and a Green Sandpiper. I had a Brambling from the window yesterday.
Its pretty quiet on the moth front now (as expected for November) - had a Feathered Thorn today that was a first for year.
Unless we get a good winter bird now, this will be one of the few years since 1986 that I haven't got a Beddington lifer.
Male Wigeon. Adult males and first calender males could both be moulting into an adult winter type plumage this time of year. Many of the adult male ducks at the farmlands have already completed this moult so this is possibly either a retarded adult or a juvenile/first-winter male.
Its unfortunate we haven't had much in the way of good birding weather conditions as the habitat is looking its best in a long while over the farmlands- here's the new wet grassland area
November moth agg