Saturday, 10 October 2009
Fringillas in the Mist
WSW 0-2, patchy fog (pictured) eventually clearing to reveal 5-8 Oktas. Dry.
The parish was moderately thrashed by Guy, Steve and myself (Dan) this morning and the main points of note were....
Reed buntings: an unprecedented high in and around the (unharvested) maize field-- hard to come up with a decent count but obviously at least 40 birds and probably into three figures.
(Re: the ringing of this species at Middleton and L. Moss-- all seen well were unringed).
Also attracted by the maize crop:
c.35 linnets, 6 tree sparrows, c.40 chaffinches, c.10 greenfinch.
recording was often halted by and made tricky by fog but 0800-1200 saw circa
meadow pipit 35
alba wag 8
(Snipe mig? A fair bit of activity including 7 + 26 + 11 seen to head South or Southwest)
Also of note in the parish:
6 song thrushes, 2 green sandpipers, raven, merlin, sparrowhawks, 5 little egrets, a blackcap, 2 chiffchaffs, 25 long tailed tits... and a continuation of the goldcrest drought.