I made 9 patch visits during November and recorded a total of 70 species of birds (exactly the same as October). I added two new birds towards my patch year total (now a record for me of 110) and both were full patch life ticks.
- Finding the first Lesser Spotted Woodpecker for a couple of years on the Patch (by Heronry in Wanstead Park on 17 November) – a patch lifer for me on 17 November.
- Despite bungling the ID in the field, later realising I had seen my first patch Caspian Gull (albeit a bit of a mucky ‘German’ type) having been found by Nick on 4 November on Alex.
- My first good views of Redpoll perching on the Patch, with a flock of six feeding in the birches in Motorcycle Wood on 17 November.
- An unseasonal/over-wintering female Blackcap by Perch Pond also on 17 November.
- Seeing Lapwing for the second month in a row, with a pair flying over on 9 November.
- Aside from the Lesser Spot, enjoying good views of several of our woodland specialists through the month, with good number of Goldcrest, two sightings of Treecreeper (including a pair on 17 November in the Park), and several sightings of Nuthatch and Coal Tit.
- Several sightings of at least one Water Rail on Shoulder of Mutton.
- My largest ever (anywhere?) flock of Goldfinch, with well over a hundred over Angel Pond and Capel Road on 24 November.
- Missing a pair of fly-over Cattle Egret by a matter of minutes on the 4 November.
- Messing up the field-ID of the 1cy Caspian Gull offered as a candidate by Nick and so also not alerting other patch colleagues in a timely fashion. Oops!
Highlights from elsewhere were:
- Finally connecting with Black-throated Diver on Banbury Reservoir after being found by Lol Bodini on Lockwood on 24 November.
- Having a great day at Rainham Marshes on 25 November with sightings including Black-bellied Brent Goose, Water Pipit, Ringed Plover, Short-eared Owl, and Marsh Harrier, despite missing the elusive Bittern.
My birding month in five pictures