“The Stats” (8pm on 16th Nov)

This Week: Totals vs Last Week vs Same Week 2020
Total No. of Species  54  ↓8  ↓4
Total No. of Birds  2.925  ↓ 7,455  ↓199


To November 16th 2021 vs 2020
Total No. of Species  98  Equal
Total No, of Birds  67,081  ↑25,338

In a reversal of last week, the week started mild and damp but transitioned to colder clearer skies.  For the most part the wind stayed in the uneventful south westerlies but did swing to a more north-easterly direction at the weekend.  This perhaps accounted for a noticeably greater movement of birds on Mon 16th – 1442 records about equal to all the previous days in the week combined.

A quiet week both for birds and for observers so highlights were few.  The best movement was

noted on 16th with the second highest count of Black-headed Gulls this autumn (557) and a steady passage of Starlings northwest.  Occasional larger flocks of Woodpigeon were also noted while Fieldfare and Redwing numbers had dropped significantly from the previous week.

Chaffinches continue to move through and with them the odd Brambling including 3 over a St Albans garden on 15th.  Other finches, including Siskins, Redpoll and Linnets were noted but these are now likely to be birds settled in the area.  Ring-necked Parakeets made more of an appearance possibly as their winter roosts build.

Of note was a Blackcap in a St Albans garden on 10th and two Kestrels flying over another St Albans garden on 16th.  A garden in Wormley West End had both a Treecreeper in the garden and a Raven over on 14th.  Both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were noted from a St Albans garden on 15th but Green Woodpeckers remain a scarce garden bird.

With the autumn garden total stuck on 98 species is would seem we are reliant on adverse weather to bring those extra species.  Birds are still very much on the move and while a Siberian migrant has not yet materialised the country at large continues to host a variety (and surprisingly good numbers) of examples, including Siberian Chiffchaffs, Dusky and Radde’s Warblers.  Good luck if you find one in your garden – you’ll need all the recording equipment you can get!!  But here’s to hoping!

As always please add your garden sightings to the Googlesheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1q8Xibna0OISTAD5LAcaOC9bX6E2HTHuwXtwojpMzJrw/edit#gid=1901145455