Monday, 11 October 2010

An arrival of thrushes in the morning consisted of 54 Blackbirds, 37 Redwings, 35 Song Thrushes, five Ring Ouzels, two Mistle Thrushes and the first three Fieldfares of the autumn. Counts of small migrants came to 58 Skylarks, four Swallows, three House Martins, two Tree Pipits, a Whinchat, 12 Wheatears, a Reed Warbler, a Whitethroat, 27 Blackcaps, 41 Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, 34 Goldcrests, 20 Blue Tits, nine Coal Tits, 12 Great Tits, a Spotted Flycatcher, two Pied Flycatchers, 195 Starlings, four Reed Buntings and the Snow Bunting. Finch passage comprised 228 Chaffinches, two Bramblings, 25 Greenfinches, 12 Siskins and 71 Goldfinches. Good numbers of raptors included four Sparrowhawks, six Buzzards, five Kestrels and two Merlins, while four Lapwings and a Golden Plover were the best of the waders. Other notable species seen included two Water Rails, two Mediterranean Gulls, a Little Gull, 32 Common Gulls, a Collared Dove, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and the long-staying Barn Owl.

Reed Warbler (c) Steve Stansfield
Whinchat  (c) Steve Stansfield
Blackcap (c) Steve Stansfield

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