Monthly Archives: October 2010

Sands Lane

Back to Sands Lane for another look at the Gulls, plenty of  Black Headed Gulls about 1st Winter and Adult birds mainly only one other gull species present along with the Black Headeds these were Common Gulls, numbers just crepping into the double figures. I gave these a good looking over and one or two did give me that Ring Billed feeling but not today. Other birds present Canada Goose, Greylag Goose (2), Grey Heron (1), Mallard, Tufted Duck (1♀), Mute Swan (3 juvs), plenty of Woodpigeon flying thru, Long Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Wren and that was about it for today.

Sands Lane

Back to Sands Lane this Friday arriving at 10am in overcast windy conditions and leaving at 1pm in brighter but still windy conditions, birds inbetween were Greylag Goose (1), Pink Footed Goose (1), Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck (1♀), Black Headed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull (1), Common Gull (8), Goldfinch (6 over), Wren, Robin, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Mute Swan, Kingfisher.

At work this week Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Goldcrest (1), and my first Redwing of the winter 8 birds over

Ingbirchworth and Broadstones Res

Wednesday 13th managed a few hours off work before hospital appointment so that ment a couple of hours birding Ingbirchworth first which held Canada Geese (150+), Greylag Goose (1), Great Crested grebe (1), Wigeon (5), Mallard, Common Gull Gull (3) Lesser Black Backed Gull (20+), and numerous Black Headed Gulls, Moorhen. Amongst the banking trees there could be found Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Robin, Chaffinch, Wren. Along the South West footpath a lone Speckled Wood was enjoying the Autumn warmth.

Broadstones Res which much the same with about 50 Black headed Gulls, Lesser Black Baked Gull (1), Common Gull (3), Kestrel (1), Bullfinch (2), Mallard, Wigeon (7) and 1 Little Grebe

Sands Lane

Week 40 was a quiet week, at work butterfly species seen were Speckled Wood plenty on these still on the wing with a couple of Commas. Bird wise a couple of Jays making there presence known with the loud squawking as they went around the small wooded area. Friday the 8th saw me at Sands Lane Gravel Pits for a couple of hours mainly digiscoping the Black Headed Gulls present along with Mute Swan, Canda Geese, Greylag Geese [3], Pochard [1♀], Mallard, Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail [3 over]. Lapwing [c70], Lesser Black Backed Gull [2], Common Gull [1].

Saturday the 9th a couple of uneventful hours at Old Moor we never did find the Garganey or Little Stint but Dunlin, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, Golden Plover and Snipe were all seen.

Digiscoped images below of Mute Swan and Black Headed Gulls from Sands Lane using Nikon P5100, in very poor light conditions

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