Sunday, 26 September 2010

September 23rd 2010

It rained in the night with low cloud still remaining this morning and a light south easterly wind becoming more southerly so checked for migrants on Napton on the Hill. The only obvious new birds were juvenile Stonechat near the Riding Stables and 3 Yellow Wagtail in the big field while 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaff and 6 Willow Warblers near the churchyard were probably local birds. There was a passage 40 Meadow Pipits and 300 Swallows going south and other birds of note were 5 Raven, 5 Buzzard, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 3 Coal Tit, 11 Mistle Thrush and 2 Nuthatch. No sign of the Black Tern at Napton Reservoir – just a Grey Wagtail.
Draycote Water this afternoon had 3 Black Tern and 9 Common Tern joined by 2 juvenile Sandwich Tern but they did not appear to stay long and we missed the Artic Terns. Also seen were Common Sandpiper toft bay, 20 Yellow Wagtail in the field below farborough spit feeding among the cows, female Goosander toft bay, 10+ Meadow Pipit along farborough bank, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Raven, 3 Buzzard, 70 Goldfinch, Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff. Bob checked out hensborough and had a few Ringed Plover and Dunlin. Also present seen were Weasel and Vapourer Moth.


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