Lie-in birding

23/10/2019 0 By wildfeed

The cutting edge dawn coverage is getting a bit blunted as the winds don’t look brilliant for any major new arrivals.  However, maybe we should be in filter-down mode and hope for a bluetail taking off overnight from an obscure Scottish coastal glen.  This morning saw a rather late start with arrival coinciding with the biggest Chaffinch flock and high-flying Carrion Crows.  The first hour had been missed!

Vis 0830-1030
Woodpigeon – 134 NE (flock 120)
Stock Dove – one with large WP flock
Jackdaw – 44+32+23 single-species flocks south
Carrion Crow – 22 S (max flock 10)
Chaffinch – 205 S
Goldfinch – 45 S
Greenfinch – 32 S
Skylark- 10 S
Redwing – just 13 S (but late start)
Fieldfare – ONE south
Sparrowhawk – one high SW
Siskin – 3 S
Bullfinch – 10 S (inc flock of 6)
Starling – 66 SW
Linnet – 2
Pink-footed Goose – one flock of 120
Meadow Pipit – 2
Long-tailed Tit – c10

Grounded
Very little – two new Goldcrest caught, a Chiffchaff heard and about 15 grounded Blackbird audible from around the office

Ringing
New birds:  11 Greenfinch, 3 Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 4 Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blackbird

Insects
Small Tortoiseshell, 2 x Speckled Wood, Common Darter

Middleton Nature Reserve – mid morning
(Not much!)
Gadwall 13
Coot 1
Water Rail 3
Cetti’s 1 male singing
Redwing 6 grounded 4 south
Jackdaw 23 south

South Shore – mid afternoon
Common Darter – typically just one between dog walk and Red Nab, untill the last 20m of wooden fence, where 8 were sunning themselves.

The last three sections of fence, just 50m from Red Nab, had 3, 3 & 2 each.

Another “red bodied” darter was seen in scrub near lighthouse. There has not been a record of common darter here this year. Presumably this implies some sort of movement in the SE wind. (MD) Source