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Thursday, 3 November 2016

Local update October

It was generally a quiet month with a fairly steady transition from summer to winter, the few remaining Hirundines had departed early on and there was a definite increase in Blackbird and Song Thrush numbers, the first Redwings arrived mid-month with Fieldfares a week later also a couple of Siskins in trees by the Flood Basin on the 17th, not a common sight in the area. Up to three Cormorants were back along the river and after not seeing any for a couple of weeks five Buzzards were up in the air together over the Cornfield NR on the 17th with a single there the next day and three on the 19th including a bird perched in riverside bushes which naturally saw me before I saw it. A few Finches and Buntings etc had started to gather at the Cornfield NR by the months end.

Rawcliffe Ings

Clifton Ings

the river

the Ings Dyke has been dredged this month

Hedgehog looking for a winter home in the Country Park

Kestrel on the look out

Cormorants are back

Buzzard over the Cornfield NR

interesting Fungi, Aniseed Funnel I think

Autumn colours

Leaf litter

late afternoon sky

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