An early dart from work by 30 minutes certainly helps with the nights drawing in so quickly. I made it with just over an hours worth of birding and bumped into Arthur en route.
The Common Teal flock have swollen to c800 birds tonight and hopefully it’ll be just a matter of time before the (almost) annual appearance of their North American cousin turns up. Also with them were 28 Mallard, 12 Shoveler and 6 Pintail.
A gathering roost of 300 Lapwing helped 17 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Ruff to stay the night.
There were no Marsh Harrier this evening but it was good to get the first ‘ringtail’ Hen Harrier of the coming winter. Also still no Short-eared Owl?
The Starling roost was much poorer than a few evenings ago but they will increase with a cold snap.
Observers: Arthur Harrison & WSM (images).
Earlier in the day a couple of Cetti’s Warbler were at Oxmoor local nature reserve and a Red Admiral was flying about during a warm spell at the same site.