Saturday, 30 September 2017

30th September 2017

The last few days has seen a steady decline in the number of warblers,  with only a handful noted yesterday. It was therefore obvious this morning that there had been a big overnight arrival of new birds. We managed to notch up 184 Chiffchaffs, 103 Blackcaps, single Grasshopper and Reed Warblers, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat and 4 Firecrests.

Overhead there were at least 3 Redpolls (1st of autumn), 30 Siskins, a Brambling, Common Snipe, Golden Plover, 3 Grey Wagtails, 45 Alba Wagtails and 20 Reed Buntings. Meanwhile the Turtle Dove and Short-eared Owl remain in the Hope Point area. There was a Wheatear in the Big Field and a Redstart in The Rough.

Chiffchaff - Hope Point ( Brendan Ryan)
Blackcap - Hope Point (Brendan Ryan) 

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