Just gone 8:00 on Saturday morning, 20 Oct, I was down at the Denso Marston Nature Reserve for the talk and walk by Steve about VisMig – the recording of the visible migration of birds. Though the other side of the river was shrouded in mist the sky was reasonably clear so Steve started telling us about VisMig.
We spent some time in the field near the gate because it is more open there and the trees get in the way less.
We all scanned the skies for birds with that essential piece of equipment – binoculars.
By far the highest number of birds were Woodpigeons. We (well Steve) counted several hundred. Some of them were flying lowish and were most likely staying local.
But others were much higher, so high that I had trouble spotting them without the binoculars even though there were lots of them.
At the end of the walk and talk Steve opened the moth trap and found this moth which I will soon have a ID for – hopefully. Update: I have had suggestions for ID from iSpot – Brick (Agrochola circellaris) and Chesnut (Conistra vaccinii) with Brick being the one I think.
During the session 30 different bird species were identified. Some of them being Jay, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Siskin, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Heron, Goosander, Robin, Magpie, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Bluetit, Great Tit,… Perhaps Steve can give me the full llist?
On the way out, on the path near the road Andrew and I spotted this fungus. Thanks to iSpot for the ID of Shaggy Scalycap (Pholiota squarrosa).