An early start (7am) found me wandering along the River Ash and over the golf course to Caley Wood and back in thick fog. Visibility down to 10 yards early on. I questioned my sanity, thinking I may discover some grounded migrants but this was not the case. However, golfers driving off into the unknown made me realise I was not alone in testing the difficulty of following a hobby when sight was hugely restricted. I thought, at least I can hear the birds. Suspect good numbers of golf balls to be found around the course this afternoon.
Bird numbers were low but a pair of reed buntings along New Road was a good find. Jays called as did rooks, crows and jackdaws. Tits moved in the hedgerows along with chaffinches and dunnocks. The main song was that of robins and a single chiffchaff was heard, again along New Road. The colours were autumnal, with berries, leaves and bushes showing huge numbers of dewy spiders' webs, as shown below.
Several gorse bushes on the golf course were showing their bright yellow flowers. September common poppies (papaver rhoeas) showed well in fields opposite South cottages.