Tuesday 22 October 2019


A Great White Egret flaps lazily east shortly after dawn, just as the first small groups of Woodpigeon start heading west.
Really exciting birding on Orcombe Point again this morning with masses of stuff on the move. I didn't count the numerous Carrion Crows or Black-headed Gulls and the Woodpigeons were somewhat neglected as I tried to cover as much ground as possible. The problem of counting the Woodpigeons was compounded by a slightly less routine passage, as  some flocks swung round over Orcombe and headed back east whereas others appeared to go high south. Fewer birds seemed to be doing the usual west/north-west route.  My notebook was rarely in my pocket as I recorded the following: 1 Great White Egret (east @ 0800), 5 Fieldfare, 1 Brambling, 14+ Song Thrush, 11+ Chiffchaff, c120+ Meadow Pipit, 280+ Jackdaw, 25+ Chaffinch, 60+ Pied Wagtail, 18+ Blackbird, 13+ Goldcrest, 70+ Goldfinch, c4000+ Woodpigeon, 92+ Stock Dove, 40+ Linnet, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Blackcap, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, 65+ Starling, 1+ Raven, c85+ Skylark, 1 Stonechat, 8+ Turnstone, 7 Brent Goose, 1 Snipe, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Coal Tit.
Last light this evening Chris and I had a Short-eared Owl over Woodbury Common.

Arriving Dark-bellied Brent Geese.

Woodpigeon flock heading east.

Autumnal Moth agg - Bristol Schools.

A small flock of 25 Stock Doves heads west.

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