Sunday, 10 October 2010

October 10th 2010

It was another mild night and the forecast was predicting the low cloud would clear by mid-morning so I was on Bush Hill by dawn having already seen 2 Barn and 2 Little Owl at Sawbridge. I didn’t have to wait long for the migration to start and over the next 3 hours there was a steady flow of bird’s passing in good numbers considering how far they must have traveled through the night - Redwing 2347, Fieldfare 34, Ring Ousel 1, Starling 423, Skylark 458, Meadow Pipit 230, Pied Wagtail 60, Yellow Wagtail 1, Siskin 10, finches 200+, Wood Pigeon 247, Lapwing 189 and Golden Plover 33. Nearby hedgerow held at least 5 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, Brambling and Lesser Whitethroat with 8 Goldcrest, juvenile Stonechat and 21 Tree Sparrow along Hill Rd. Also in the area were Great-spotted Woodpecker, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Buzzard, 6 Raven, 2 Sparrowhawk, 30 Stock Dove, 8 Reed Bunting, 44 Linnet and 2 Jay.
When I arrived at the pond mid-day it was busy so cleared off after a quick look at the Lesser Scaup in toft bay.

My trap added Merveille du Jour and Feathered Thorn to my mothing year list with 4 Buzzard and 3 Raven over the garden mid-afternoon.

Merveille du Jour by Bob Hazell - alls well with the world when you catch one of these beauties

A couple of more shots of the Duchess from Bob

This evening more Redwing could be heard calling going over at 9:30pm.

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