FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER
A rather overcast morning with light SW winds. Not too much in the way of Vizmig at IVINGHOE HILLS but highlights from a spell between 0900 and midday included a juvenile/female MERLIN through west at 1100, a GREY HERON SSE at 1050 (my first record there), 7 Blue Tits (best autumn ever for this species), 25 Woodpigeon, 1 Bullfinch, 26 Chaffinch, 4 CORN BUNTINGS and 38 Common Starlings.
In the scrub SSE of the Beacon Trig Point, still a single first-winter RING OUZEL, 6 Song Thrush and 4 Common Blackbirds, whilst other species noted included an adult Common Gull, 45 Lesser Black-backed Gulls west, 30 Goldfinch, Jay, Coal Tit, Green Woodpecker, Red Kite, Nuthatch and a single female COMMON STONECHAT.
Over at WILSTONE RESERVOIR, little to report: the 2 adult Whooper Swans (flew off east at 1350), 19 Mute Swans, 1 Common Shelduck, just 1 PINTAIL, 1 RED-CRESTED POCHARD, 90 Pochard, a single juvenile GREATER SCAUP, 6 Little Grebe, 31 Great Crested Grebe (highest count this autumn), just 1 Little Egret, 149 European Golden Plover, 330 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull and 3 Grey Wagtails