Saturday, 3 October 2020

3rd October

An excellent all round day started with bang when our Pond Lane correspondent (Phil Chantler) found a American Golden Plover which was enjoyed by the rest of the Bockhill regulars before heavy rain ensured a hasty retreat. It could not be found later in the day.  Also in the field were 10 Ruff which is an amazing Bockhill record in itself. It was the start of an unusual  wader day which included eight Common Snipe, (another notable Bockhill record), eight Lapwings, six Golden Plovers,  a Grey Plover and a late Common Sandpiper. Jack and Simon added five knot and two Curlews while sea watching.

It was a good day for late migrants including single Garden Warbler and Willow Warblers,  Common Swift, Sand Martin, Spotted Flycatcher and two Common Redstarts. 

On the warbler front two Yellow-browed Warblers were the highlight ( Badger's Bottom and the Empty Wood), along with at least 93 Chiffchaffs, 24 Blackcaps and a single Lesser Whitethroat. At least five Firecrests and eight Goldcrests were seen. 

Chats included around 17 Stonechats, six Wheatears including five that arrived near Hope Point late afternoon with two Whinchats. 

Overhead movements of finches continued with at least 600 Siskins, 95 Redpolls and 12 Crossbills. Other birds overhead included three Yellow Wagtails,  a Tree Pipit and a Marsh Harrier.

Yellow-browed Warbler- Empty Wood (BR)

Firecrest Oldstairs (BR)

Wheatear - Monument- (BR)

American Golden Plover (NJ)

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