Saturday 17 October 2015

Autumn Fare

Chiffchaff - at least 10 on Orcombe today.
Derek and I did Orcombe from first light, but it was just a relatively quick circuit. I popped up there again early afternoon but didn't add much to the totals. Highlights included the first Brambling of the autumn - a single bird low east over the Dung Field, calling loudly, shortly after dawn. Otherwise it was slow-going overhead with just a trickle of Pied Wagtails and Meadow Pipits travelling east. Other migrants included 3 Song Thrush, 1+ Grey Wagtail, c10+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Goldcrest, c10+ Chaffinch and 2+ Stonechat. On this afternoon's visit I had a Merlin go through. It sped out into Dawlish Bay, apparently hunting way out over the sea before continuing towards Berry Head.
A quick check off the Imperial produced the Black Brant and 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese but I failed to pick up the Ridgway's Cackling Goose.
Yesterday evening, after work, I was chuffed to find my first Firecrest of the autumn - a non-calling individual feeding unobtrusively in a quiet corner of the Bristol Schools Camp. Also seen were 3 Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and 2+ Coal Tit. There were at least 27 Turnstone on Maer Rocks.

Stonechats - Dung Field.

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