Friday 30 September 2016

Chiffchaffs and finches

Lade - warm, dry, cloudy, w 2 - Superb morning with birds everywhere including our first decent overhead movement of Skylarks, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Chaffinches and Mipits, plus our first two Siskins of the autumn. Also over a few Yellow Wagtails, hirundines and two Grey Wagtails. Grounded Chiffchaffs totalled at least 50 along with a scattering of Reed Buntings, Linnets, Stonechats and Wheatears. The Merlin was seen again, plus two Sparrowhawks and five Kestrels.

                                Chiffchaff on the Heligoland trap, DBO

Dungeness - Plenty more of the same across the point with many more hirundines attracted to the tape lure around the moat and a cracking male Black Redstart on the power station fence.
  The main news this afternoon concerned a Manx Shearwater found on ARC lake (PB).

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