So Autumn begins, the Swifts had gone by the end of the first week and quite a lot of the Sand Martins too although a few were still attending nest holes at the top end of Rawcliffe Ings most of the month, Swallow and House Martin numbers remain healthy. Tits and Warblers are now gathering into small feeding flocks and probably include many birds passing through the area, Clifton Park is a good spot for watching them with many Brambles and Elderberry bushes to attract them, mainly just the common stuff but Lesser Whitethroats were noted on a couple occasions and three Spotted Flycatchers arrived on the 25th with eight there the next day. Not a good month for Raptors although it would seem two pairs of Sparrowhawks have bred with young birds calling from two separate locations apart from that just a single Buzzard sighting on the 10th. Most interesting sighting this month was of a Little Egret sat in a riverside bush preening on the 15th, only my second sighting of this species here.
|some images from this month, the river at Rawcliffe Ings|
|Clifton Ings being grazed now|