Monday, 29 September 2014

29th September 2014

Weather:SE-1, variable. Warm and overcast, light rain later.

A much improved day today than of late with plenty of grounded migrants, overhead passage and some birds out to sea too!

The morning overhead passage started with a single flock of 27 Magpie moving south. Magpies continued to trickle through thereafter bringing the day total to 37. Other Corvids on the move were 2 Jay and 2 Jackdaw also moving south.  Further overhead passage included Skylark (24), Meadow Pipit (57), Grey Wagtail (8) Snipe (3), Chaffinch (13) and our first 3 Siskin of Autumn came in late morning.

Grounded migrants around the Lighthouse today included Goldcrest (15), Chiffchaff (11) Blackcap (8) Stonechat(1) and a Lesser Whitethroat. The latter bird was found feeding in a tree canopy and loosely associating with a tit flock giving the observers a moment of excitement that it could have been something a little rarer. Always great birds to see with their subtle tones and black 'mask' .

At the the Groyne a 'migrant' Kingfisher was found fishing from a  navigation post whilst a Rock Pipit fed amongst the boulders. Two Greenshank were also in the tidal gutter.

Other birds offshore today included Great crested Grebe (369), Common Scoter (500), Guillemot (15) Red breasted Merganser (6) and three Red throated Diver.

AMC, DH and EW

 Lesser Whitethroat (AMC)

Kingfisher (AMC)

Stonechat, bearing a shiny ring on it's left leg. (DH)

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