Sunday, 13 October 2019

13th October


Another quiet week but the first Redwings dropped in on Tuesday…


and overlapped with the last Swallows which were seen up until at least Thursday. Chiffchaffs, including a couple of singing birds, were also still present all week. 
The large Jay movement on the continent (e.g. 30,000 counted passing over one German site in a single morning) was probably responsible for the appearance of half a dozen birds in the parish this week.
Heavy rain had led to flooding in the Bottom Fields in Ainderby but despite some nice looking habitat bird pickings were pretty slim. Around 100 Black-headed Gulls were joined by a dozen Herring Gulls, Mallard numbers peaked at 46 but a single Little Grebe and three Teal were the only other waterfowl…


Waders were represented by a single Snipe, a flock of 20 Golden Plover and 22 Lapwing. A larger flock of Lapwings, around 200, were on wet fields near the river…


I am also continuing my slow progress on trying to identify fungi with this large Puffball down Potter’s Lane…


And what I think are Golden Scaly Cap (Pholiota aurivella) near the Christmas Tree plantation...

  
And as I haven't posted anything for a couple of weeks I also ought to mention the other recent flying visitors to the village, the UCI World Cycling Championships with the Men's Elite Time Trial passing through the parish...



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