September marks the first month this year with no new bird species found on the patch but with a grand total of 68 species so far I can’t complain for a UK inland birder. A quick stroll down to the Great Melton Reservoir this afternoon failed to produce the elusive kingfisher that should have turned up by now. There were a few highlights though a brief session of afternoon sunshine brought out a flock of mixed birds calling in high pitched squeaks from the canopy all round most were long-tailed tits with a couple of blue tits and a treecreeper to keep them company. The best I could do with my camera of this little flock was a silhouette of the treecreeper.
Treecreeper making a rare appearance on top of a branch usually running along the undersides with its grippy feet using that fine bill for extracting small insects and spiders.
Down by the lake a late singing chiffchaff made it feel a bit like spring but he remained elusive as did the local moorhens and mallards which were heard more than seen.Whilst the kingfisher didn’t make an appearance I did manage to get out on the river at Brundall last week and caught up with some photos of the birds there which were more obliging, most of which have been seen in the village this year.
Heavily cropped photo of one of three kingfishers that mostly flew past our boat at speed. This one a splash of colour against the tidal mud stained undergrowth.
Always a village favourite unless you are an angler a cormorant showing off the big webbed feet of a master fisherman.
Young great crested grebe probably a second brood consisting of two chicks and whilst not present in Hethersett has been successful in breeding in nearby Marlingford.
Another youngster and another village favourite a young swallow now departed for Africa so very unlikely to see them or house martins now until next year. This one was resting whilst his siblings fed on flying insects over the river.
With the end of September comes a high point in the fungus calendar with some amazing specimens turning up locally the following photo was courtesy of Dr Anne Edwards and will feature along with other local sightings on a new local website Wild Hethersett (click on the red type to take a peek at the early site which is under development)
Chicken of the woods fungus so named apparently as it tastes just like chicken and is recommended as a vegetarian substitute. The editor suggests that getting the ID wrong may result in fatal or at very least painful consequences so observation is recommended as the most appropriate pleasure.