Wildlife Blog Sep 2017
Saturday September 30th 2017
The overnight rains and total cloud cover when I started my count did not bode well for an uninterrupted survey, but gradually the weather improved and eventually the low sun was brilliantly lighting up the autumn leaves against a dark clouded backdrop.
As yet, not many leaves have actually turned orange or even a golden brown, but they are not far off, and there is little sign of any other fresh flowers or foliage anywhere to be seen, just tired greens, brown and mud! The yew trees at least have their red berries, but they don’t seem to be as plentiful as last year, and there were no birds feeding on them as yet.
It was pretty quiet bird-wise, with a brief spell of drumming from a Great spotted Woodpecker and the odd calling Nuthatch, but mainly it was the sound and sight of pairs of Jackdaws swirling around the tree tops that caught the attention, whilst a few Rooks were still bringing in twigs to their old nests up in the tree tops.
Much, much less conspicuous and quieter were the ‘seep’ call notes of Song Thrushes, hidden up in the canopy or below the beech trees feeding on the mast in amongst the fallen leaves. These must be migrant birds having just arrived from Scandinavia, as usually there is just a single or a couple of resident Song Thrushes, whereas I counted at least 24 this morning. Looking back to last year, I counted 53 Song Thrushes at the start of October, so this is clearly a pattern of arrival. Nothing else in terms of winter birds were present, though I have heard of small numbers of Icelandic Whooper swans and geese being seen elswhere this week.
No sign of any of the Roe deer again this morning, so I am not sure where they can be.
Image: Wikipedia. Taco Meeuwsen “Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) singing in a tree in the Netherlands”. CCA 2.0 Generic license.