Monday 20th October 2014.
Again, there seemed to be a lot of activity within Highland Road Cemetery early this morning and I came up trumps with at least one Firecrest within the Holm Oaks. I could hear several Goldcrests calling away within the trees, then I heard the distinctive call of a Firecrest, but it took a while to find it. Eventually, it gave itself up, feeding in a leafy branch of one of the Holm Oaks, however, it was very difficult to photograph and hardly staying still long enough for a decent photo. Nevertheless, a good year tick here and only the third seen here for me personally. I was pretty sure that a second bird was calling behind me, but was not visible.
It was a sunny morning, with a breezy south easterly keeping the temperatures just right. The tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo is supposed to hit the UK tonight, with strong gales forecasted. Overhead, Linnets, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch flew over as did good numbers of both Skylark and Meadow Pipit.
The usual Jays were present with at least three seen and Magpie numbers have increased. A pair of Goldcrests were seen in the conifers in the south west corner and at least four were in the Holm Oaks area as well. A Chiffchaff was seen briefly also in the Holm Oaks and another called near the Mausoleum.
Still no sign of the Green Woodpecker of late, although it can disappear now and then. Most of the leaves have no fallen off the trees and it is quite crunchy underfoot.Squirrels are everywhere, looking for places to store their nuts for the winter and the albino Squirrel was showing well today in the centre of the Cemy. Locally, in Hampshire today, the 1st winter Siberian Stonechat was showing well from the Meadow Hide at Titchfield Haven. Jim Walker went to see it yesterday and also sent me photos of a Sparrowhawk and a Stonechat he saw there. John Goodall staked out the south side of the Iron Age Fort at Old Winchester Hill yesterday and came up trumps with several sightings of a Ring Ouzel.
The moth box, this morning, held just a single Common Marbled Carpet and a Feathered Ranunculus.