Sunday 22 October 2017

Woodpigeons, Merlin, Brambling


No joy with the Spencer's 'Sprosser' this morning but a very enjoyable morning on Orcombe all the same. Whilst stood waiting there was plenty moving overhead into a brisk north-westerly. Between 0730 and 10am I recorded 8 Starling, 15+ Pied Wagtail, c50+ Meadow Pipit, c100+ Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, c70+ Goldfinch, several Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, c35+ Siskin, 1 Swallow, 2 Redpoll, 1 Merlin and 1+ Stock Dove. Many mixed flocks of finches passed fast overhead, giving me no time to suss out what was what, so loads went unrecorded. Woodpigeon were moving in very small flocks from first light but shortly after 9am numbers started building dramatically, and by 10am, when I had to leave, I'd recorded an estimated 1500+ all swinging north over Orcombe and passing at considerable height over the Warren.
Other birds logged this morning included 4+ Chiffchaff, 8+ Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Stonechat.
Late this afternoon, just before dark - the adult Black Brant again off Mudbank and 2 Peregrine sitting on the mudflats.

A large flock of c200+ Warren-bound

Sketches of yesterday's and today's Merlins - yesterday's - low over the sea and today's high overhead into a north-westerly, both giving completely different impressions.

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