Monday, 22 September 2014

Monday 22nd September 2014

Weather; Cloudy start cleared to a warm and sunny day. Winds light north-west.

There was some corvid movement this morning at the lighthouse with a group of 30 Jackdaws flying straight in off the sea. Around 8 Jays were also in the area. Other overhead migrants included 2 Common Snipe, a Teal, 14 Skylarks and 9 Grey Wagtails.
An adult Mediterranean Gull was offshore and 2 Wheatears were on the embankment. 
A Spotted Flycatcher was again hunting in the grounds of Greenacres Cottage at the top of Lingham Lane, possibly a different bird from the one there on Saturday. Good numbers of Goldcrests were still in evidence in the area with around 5 near the duck pond and 2 or 3 others along Lingham Lane although there was no sign of either of yesterday's Firecrests despite much searching. A Kingfisher was again at Lingham bridge together with 4 Blackcaps and a Garden Warbler which was seen to fly in from high to the east. Around 8 Chiffchaffs were also in the lighthouse area.
The Linnet flock in the paddocks has built up to over 100 birds. Hirundine passage, however, has dramatically reduced as is usual at this time of year with only occasional small groups Swallows heading purposefully eastwards.
A further 6 Chiffchaffs were seen this evening in willows bordering the eastern side of Kerr's field. Observers; AMC, KD, DH, EW.     

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