Bird Blog | October
Greetings Fellow Birdwatchers!
September has now gone and we are now into our first week of autumn. We had very little rain during the month of September – there was only 3mm of rain recorded. The lake level stayed constant during the month however, and with the colder weather the weed has started to break up and give clearer areas of water.
The fowl population has increased with the arrival of widgeon and teal along with our normal mallard, gadwall and shell ducks. Herons have been plentiful around the lake edge along with the swans – of which we now have a population of 24 adults and 5 cygnets.
With the colder nights upon us the swallows and house martins are getting down in population, and not so many are seen over the lake chasing their prey. There has however been a boom in dragonflies this year.
The bird’s plumage is changing to a more drab affair with the grebes and gulls looking dull. The only bird at the moment with colour is the cock pheasant with all the shades of gold, green, blue and brown in the feathers.
The other wildlife in the park are busy – squirrels are getting together a cache of nuts and food for the winter months. Otters, fallow deer and muntjac have also been seen in the park.
FOCUS ON FINCHES
We have several types of finches around Deene Park and woodland. They are now gathering in large flocks and are seen feeding around the gardens on seeds and beech nuts. With greenfinch, goldfinch, chaffinch and bullfinch they make a lovely colourful carpet as they feed, and when disturbed they take off to land in the nearby safety of a tree before returning to the floor to start again and to top up their reserves for when times get hard. This is when we see them in our gardens feeding on bird tables and feeders. Most of these birds are resident in the UK with only a few birds finding warmer climates.
We have had our first frost now so it’s time to get the feeders topped up, this helps sustain our wild population of birds not only the finches. Robins, blackbirds, blue tits and great tits. Thrush, woodpeckers … the list goes on and if you’re lucky and live in the country you may even get a nuthatch with it’s stunning blue and buff underbelly. Once they find a regular food source they will be coming to get the mealworms from the bird table too.
Well good birding, we will be well into winter and we will be seeing more of our visitors who have come to stay.