Today the first 2 Shoveller (1♂ & 1♀) of the winter were at Captains Pool with c.100 Canada Geese and 2 Mute Swans.
Stanklyn Lane paddocks contained 2 Pied Wagtails, 10 Goldfinches, 2 Jays and 1 Green Woodpecker. A Kestrel was over the beet field and dropped down to catch a Yellowhammer that just flew out of the way to escape by the narrowest of margins. Also at the beet field, a flock of 10 Meadow Pipits dropped in for a few minutes before flying off E. 8 Skylarks flew over heading S and 14 Long-tailed Tits were also present in the trees at the edge of the field. A Common Buzzard was also seen over Stanklyn Lane.
At Heath Lane paddocks a flock of 15 Fieldfares flew over heading NW (JK & TS). These were the first seen over/on the patch this autumn and they look resplendent as the sunlight caught them. A light-phase Common Buzzard was seen perched at the rear of an adjacent field. Also, a single Small White butterfly was seen at Heath Lane.
There was no sign of any Lapwing at Witch Lane today but I was treated to a stunning adult ♂ Peregrine sat in the middle of a field there. Unfortunately whilst I was setting up my scope on it to take some pictures the bl**dy thing flew off! Ah well, it was still a stunning bird to see and only the 2nd Peregrine that I have recorded on the patch. In other fields around Witch Lane I recorded 14 Stock Doves, 4 Red-legged Partridge and a Grey Heron.
Grey Heron - Witch Lane, 22nd Oct 2010: