Thursday, 4 September 2014

Nice Spot

Dan here.

A humid early to mid-morning session was spent bush-bashing (with occasional sky-watching and balsam-pulling breaks) in hopes of finding a rare passerine.

No such luck, but a migrant Spotted Flycatcher near the wildfowlers pools was a very welcome sight.

Goldcrest passage has started a little early, with a creditable 6 moving through the hedgerows, as well as 5 Lesser Whitethroats, a Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 2 Willow Warblers and c30 Chiffchaffs.

Robin numbers seemed to be elevated (20+ noted), and Blue Tit (30) and Dunnock (15) seemed particularly numerous  today too.

A male Wheatear was hopping around on the marsh.

Thirty bramble-, haw- and sloe-stained Greenfinches were present and a flock of Goldfinches feeding on saltmarsh plants just topped a hundred.

Visible migration was quite thin on the sky, with 18 southbound Meadow Pipits all I could detect. Three Skylarks flew low W, but a copse blocked my view of how far they went and they might not truly belong in this paragraph. 4 southbound Snipe possibly fit the bill.

Two adult summer Common Terns were seen to fish beneath the estuary pylons- no doubt to feed offspring at Conder Pool.

In the miscellany paragraph are a sewage works Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 5 Grey Wagtails... and one each of Painted Lady and Red Admiral broke the Speckled Wood monotony.


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