Have you noticed the lack of garden birds? This is down to two factors; after a busy breeding season they are now in moult replacing those worn out feathers and there is plenty of food without having to visit our gardens and show themselves.
There are a few starlings about although I've seen no murmurations yet
Has anyone seen any Redwings or Mistlethrushes? They are certainly scarce at this time and no major migrants seen either
But I do keep seeing lots of Jays about and a new bird for me was the Red-necked Grebe at Lower Tamar Lake recently
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Butterflies are still about too, Red Admiral of course and Small Tortoiseshell and plenty of Fox moth caterpillars on the cliffs. There do seem to be plenty of 7-spot ladybirds too.
Squirrels are foraging - Badgers are about - plenty of road kill as they spread out Bank Vole seen at home - and at night hedgehogs are looking to feed up for the winter.
Most things have gone to seed, but a violet seen last week newly flowering
and Hazel catkins are out but not open. There are lots of berries and nuts - Hips, Haws, Sloes, Hazel
I have been out surveying the Bude canal, the Bude aqueduct, WeBS at Tamar lakes, Intertidal survey - Celtic sea slug, 4 types of anemones - Beadlet, Strawberry, Daisy and Dahlia as well as sand eels, shrimps and worms which disappear in a flash.
There is so much out there, all you have to do is go out and look
[Transcript of a report first presented to Cornwall Wildlife Trust Tamar Group on 21st October 2013]