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.

Visible migration:

recording was often halted by and made tricky by fog but 0800-1200 saw circa

skylark 35
meadow pipit 35
chaffinch 30
linnet 15
greenfinch 15
alba wag 8
reed bunting??!
redwing 4
swallow 1
siskin 1

(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.


1 comment:

Pete Marsh said...

So pretty dead as regards new stuff of interesting origin i.e. warblers & crests. An amazing amount of stuff on the east coast today considering normally obvious arrival weather unless it came yesterday off the SE wind i.e. Radde's are not 'northern' sibes. 16 Firecrest on Bardsey. Radde's next to the Chevington site, Dan!!

Monday looks good for coastal bush searching