19 October 2012

Rouzel at the moor

Light easterlies with heavy cloud and rain in the afternoon produced a few migrants at Staines Moor today. There seemed to be a small increase in the number of thrushes with 15 Blackbird (5 on Stanwell Moor), 5+ Mistle Thrush, 4 Song Thrush and c10 Redwing noted along with a 1st winter male Ring Ouzel gorging on hawthorn berries at the north end (along fence bordering Stanwell Moor west of river).

1st winter ♂ Ring Ouzel, Staines Moor, 19 October 2012

Same bird. Compare with first pic. to see how different the ground colour looks as
the light changes.

Notice how black the lores are (click to enlarge)

The pair of Stonechat were still present along the new fence beside the Colne, and a Grey Wagtail was feeding along the river bank. Overhead, 2 Brambling headed east, and c10 Redpoll S, 5 Meadow Pipit E, c80 Linnet S and 4 'alba' wagtails S and E (1 over Stanwell Moor) were logged, along with 4 Greenfinch and the odd Chaffinch and Goldfinch, all heading south.

Grey Wagtail, fly-catching from a bridge over the River Colne at Staines
Moor, 19 October 2012

A large tit flock consisted of mainly Long-tailed with a few Blue and Great Tits as well as 1-2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Goldcrest and 1+ Chiffchaff. A large number of Wood Pigeon, 1f Blackcap, another Chiffchaff (H), 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Little Egret and 1 Kingfisher along the Colne and a Red Fox were also seen, and lots of Parasol Mushrooms Macrolepiota procera are popping up all over the moor, some of them huge!

The moor is covered with Parasol Mushrooms Macrolepiota procera at the moment.
These things are edible. I could save myself a small fortune in Waitrose!

1 comment:

  1. Always wanted to see a ring ouzel matey. Looking forward to 1 st red wings of autumn down our way. Dave