Saturday 31 October 2015

Saturday 31st October

A fine autumn day on the Warren, the one downside being the lack of cloud cover which meant any overhead migrants passed too high to register. A Black Redstart along the seawall early morning was the first of autumn but other new migrants were at a premium. The Yellow-browed Warbler was again present, although elusive, by the First Pond; with it or another in Dead Dolphin Wood late morning. Also in the bushes the Firecrest, 12 Goldcrest, six Chiffchaff, five Siskin, three Blackcap, two Redwing and two Treecreeper. In the estuary a Purple Sandpiper with 384 Dunlin in front of the hide was the first of the year of this barely annual visitor, a Pintail was with the Wigeon flock, the Slavonian Grebe was in Shutterton Creek and the Pale-bellied Brent was in the Bight. Elsewhere two Short-eared Owl and a Dartford Warbler were on Warren Point, three Mistle Thrush, two late Swallow and a Brambling were overhead with two Red-throated Diver and the Bonaparte's Gull off the seawall.

 Purple Sandpiper - Lee Collins

Kingfisher - Lee Collins

Ringing News: The yellow-flagged Norwegian Ringed Plover was again the Bight. This has now stayed on site for at least two weeks and if a late passage bird it is obviously still feeding up after a long migration or perhaps undergoing a moult before moving on. It may of course also be set to remain for the winter. Only future observations will tell.

Ringed Plover - Lee Collins

Wildlife News: Both Common Darter and Southern Hawker were on the wing today along with at least one Peacock butterfly.

Southern Hawker - Lee Collins

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