Saturday, 15 September 2018

15th September 2018

This morning with the wind WNW we had some good visible migration for a couple of hours.   We recorded 700 House Martins, 350 Swallows, a single Swift, 140 Meadow Pipits,  2 Tree Pipits, 4 Grey wagtails and a Yellow Wagtail all moving off in a westerley direction. Also a Sparrowhawk and our first Autumn Merlin came in off the sea.
Grounded migrants around the area included 4 Wheatears, 3 Whinchats, a Stonechat, 2 Reed Warblers, 73 Blackcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Whitethroats, 38 Chiffchaffs, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Goldcrest and a Firecrest.
Brendan, John C, Philip, Richard, Jack
Later in the afternoon Richard had another Wheatear, a Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Blackcaps and 20 Chiffchaffs around Oldstairs.

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