down on the reserve the pathside puddles had a thin cover of ice, but the sun soon rose & warmed things up.
|Top Pool 4|
Signs of Summer fading day by day, but a juvenile Little Grebe still made noisy demands to be fed, a Swallow sped through, a couple of Chiffchaff feeding & giving short bursts of song. Red Admiral & Speckled Wood made the most of the sun later on in the day, with singles of Pip & Noctule bat the last 2 evenings.
|Dab & chick|
Several Roe around the place, "the dog runners" now in most cases are actually "dog walkers" & have them under control while on the reserve & the deer seem to be relishing the fact.
I think ive had 3 records of the humble Tree Spug over the reserves complex this year - yeah, yeah, more fly-owa's !!
But eventually tracked one down in the bush :-
|Conclusive proof ! - Tree sparrow - Rainton rarity|
Another farmland speciality (just o'er the border in Durham City Country ) was a nice roadside flock of Corn Buntings - a very bonus while driving home in the afternoon.
Visible migration has tailed off, but a couple of flocks each of Pinks ( 130 & 180) Fieldfare (18 & 56) , Starlings & Wood Pigeons all going South west out of sight.
Several species where static & enjoying basking in the sun:-
Above, the spot at the side of a ditch where a Jack flicked up - image shows where hes been probing the ground - Still havnt managed an autumn picture of one on the ground..... winter should help that job along a bit.....