Saturday 21 September 2013

Chiffchaffs & Swallows

Lade - 0700hrs - mild, cloudy, light airs  - A circuit of the local patch was all about two species - Chiffchaffs and Swallows. Chiffs were simply everywhere; in the back garden, across the willow and gorse scrub, just all over the place, there must`ve been hundreds, while the buddleia scrub by north pit held a flock of at least 20 birds. Other migrants about the site included 3 Spotted Flycatchers, several Common Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Sedge and Reed Warblers. Swallows were on the move from first light with birds streaming south over the shingle and along the beach, as well as a few House Martins, Mipits and a Yellow Wagtail. All the usual wildfowl on the lake plus 2 Little Egrets.
Many more warblers, Swallows and Mipits were reported across the Peninsula today.
By late afternoon a small flock of Chiffchaffs were bathing in the bird bath and preening on the garden furniture. Great stuff.

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