Sunday 1 September 2019

Meteorological Autumn

At least four Willow Warblers on Orcombe this morning - the most I've seen for a while.
Nothing out of the ordinary amongst the migrants on Orcombe today, but a coolness in the air and a real feeling of autumn raised expectation levels. Counts included 3+ Chiffchaff, 6+ Blackcap, 1 Coal Tit, 11 Yellow Wagtail, 11+ alba wagtail, 7 Grey Wagtail, 1+ Tree Pipit, 4+ Willow Warbler, 4+ Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Whitethroat, 8+ Wheatear, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 phyllosc sp and a Mediterranean Gull.

Thought at first this was Scarce Chaser but now thinking Keeled Skimmer, though pterostigma don't look that yellow. Saw this whilst walking Coco on Bicton Common. Also seen - 3 Dartford Warbler, 3 Mistle Thrush and 7 Yellow Wagtail.

One of at least 8 Wheatear on Orcombe today.

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