Towards the end of the month with the nights drawing in, there was a distinct presence of a change of season with autumn just around the corner.
Migration movement has started to increase at my local patch, Moor Green Lakes, Berkshire. There has been large flocks of Canada and Greylag geese. Common and Green Sandpiper continue to pass through. Goldfinch are now flocking together and Willow Warbler are more abundant in small groups as they feed up for the journey south. Gull numbers are steadily increasing and with luck perhaps a less common one in among the usual species that are seen here, you never know what may turn up.
On this note, on the 15th, whilst looking for Grey and Pied Wagtails at the sewage works, Moor Green Lakes, with my
birding friends, Gordon Duffus and Tony Reid, an unusual looking Buzzard flew into view. All binoculars more focussed on the bird and after much deliberation and enlargement of some record photos that I managed to take, the bird was positively identified as a Honey Buzzard.
This was only the fifth sighting of this species in the last twenty five years at the reserve and we were elated to have seen it.