Tuesday 13 November 2018

Orcombe Early Doors

Water Pipit - still feeding on the dung heap today with four Rock Pipits, a couple Pied Wagtails, Grey Wagtail and a few Meadow Pipits. Note the reddish tones to the rump - a good feature for Water Pipit and quite different to the olive-grey of Rock Pipit.
Did a quick pre-work dawn visit to Orcombe this morning but only covered the top fields. Masses of birds included the following counts: 2+ Pied Wagtail, c110+ Chaffinch (with many missed), 14 Starling, 6+ Goldfinch, 7 Fieldfare, 3+ Brambling, 2+ Reed Bunting, c30+ Linnet, c325+ Woodpigeon, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin, c100+ Skylark (very rough estimate), 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Raven, 2 Snipe, 1 Yellowhammer, 3+ Song Thrush, 2+ Blackbird and a Kestrel. The birding is really good at this time of year but not for much longer.....

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