29 August 2015

Autumn migration 2015, week 4; August 24–29th

And then there were Redstarts...

OK so Ally Pally notched up a Wryneck, again, can't argue with that, but while they had the quality bird, we had quality and quantity and they mostly stuck around all week.

Some of the birds that aren't quite top drawer, or would be any other time: 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Yellowhammer (thanks to Paul Hawky for delivering on that one), Siskin, a couple of Sand Martin and the last of the Swift (probably) and the Little Owl calling at 15:00 this afternoon (weird and yet still didn't get to find it, but on speaking to a dog walker–the shame of it–he said Esso Copse is a good bet early doors).

The following were taken by a young lad called Jonathan Lethbridge who used my camera while I was away sourcing coffee: not bad as a first attempt, maybe a little soft on the focusing


Early morning misty Whinchats

It looks like it will be a good autumn for Redstart, Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher and Pied, but Wheatears–without the 13 + on Tuesday–it would be our worst autumn for ever.

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