Most were heading S.E. over my vantage on the saltmarsh edge.
1100h-1445h... in no particular order:
alba wagtail 11
meadow pipit 210
reed bunting 7
yellowhammer 1 S
siskin (a few- heard only)
redwing 2 E
fieldfare 67 E
tree sparrow 2
The yellowhammer was particularly pleasing, since this species is very scarce in this part of Lancashire. The last one seen here was a long-stayer several Autumns ago.
The first redwings and fieldfares of the season are always lovely to see and hear too. After the vis session A further 120 of the latter species dropped into the hedgerows for a minute or two before heading off, West.
Decent numbers of long-tailed tits and smaller numbers of blue and coal tits were frantically hedge-hopping South. A single chiffchaff and two goldcrests were trying to keep up.
Five blue tits, obviously wanting to crank the pace yet more, parted with their long-tailed congeners by rising in small circles to about 20 metres, before flying West across the marsh and estuary.
Wader-wise 28 dunlins, 2 black-tailed godwits 2 snipes and 160 all-European golden plovers were the pick of the waders on the 'Aldcliffe' stretch of estuary, where a rock pipit was also in evidence.
A greenshank was on the marsh, as were up to nine little egrets. Eight tree sparrows were in the yet to be harvested maize, and six gadwalls were on Freeman's Pools. A minimum of five buzzards were noted.
Now enjoy some my cropped pics of speeding specks which highlight the magical views possible while out vis-migging:
|The Mighty Skylark|
|The Stately Reed Bunting|
|Fieldfare: The Wildebeest of the Heavens|