Saturday, 25 September 2010

A calm morning produced more visible migration than there has been for a while, with overhead passage of 57 Skylarks, 22 Grey Wagtails, a Yellow Wagtail and a Tree Pipit heading south with Meadow Pipits. The first Short-eared Owl of the autumn was on the South End early in the morning, a Yellowhammer was flying around the gardens at the north end of the island and two Firecrests were seen. A Great Spotted Woodpecker also arrived at the plantation, a Water Rail was in the withies and both the Common Rosefinch and the Melodious Warbler were still present. Counts of other passerines came to 13 Wheatears, two Song Thrushes, one Sedge Warbler, one Reed Warbler, three Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 17 Goldcrests, a Reed Bunting, six Lapland Buntings, 32 Goldfinches, six Siskins and an arrival of 140 Chaffinches. 48 Common Scoters and five Mediterranean Gulls were the highlights of sea passage.

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