Saturday 10 December 2022

Eastern Lesser Whitethroat

Presumed Siberian Lesser Whitethroat - Belle Vue Road. Two weeks ago, whilst walking to work, a small sylvia warbler flitted across the road and into this Cordyline Palm. My initial impression was of a weakly-built, long-tailed bird. I waited to try and see it as long as I dared but had to get to work. Needless to say, I was back searching the area after work and have checked it every day since. Then, last Saturday, Richard Bramwell posted news of a Lesser Whitethroat in his back garden, just across the road in Halsdon Avenue. This strengthened my resolve to see it and this afternoon my patience finally paid off. I'll be keen to get better views in the coming weeks as the nape and mantle appear to be quite sandy brown. No call heard yet and haven't got close to seeing any tail detail.

Today's star bird was a presumed Siberian Lesser Whitethroat at the end of our road. I saw it briefly, early afternoon. 
I spent an hour, shortly after dawn, wandering around the top fields on Orcombe Point. Some cold weather movement was evident with 15 Lapwings, 4 Golden Plovers and at least 5 Snipe noted. Additionally - c10 Meadow Pipits, 3 Rock Pipits, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 15+ Linnets, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Redwing, c50 Skylarks, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Song Thrushes and 1 Black Redstart made it into the notebook.
A late afternoon stroll around the top end of the Bystock reserve produced 7 Redwings, 2 Treecreepers and 1 Firecrest. Nearby, just 3 Goosanders into roost on Blackhill Quarry pool before 4pm.

Lapwings - Orcombe Point.

One of four Golden Plovers on Orcombe Point.

Buzzard and Peregrine both posed on today's dog walk, along the beach to Sandy Bay.

At least 3 Rock Pipits fed on an icy dung heap, with 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtails and a Black Redstart.

Meadow Pipit.

Woodlark - one of two seen on a job up in Hampshire, earlier in the week.

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