Saturday 20 October 2018

Saturday 20th October

Migration overhead continued but with reduced diversity, the peak species was Wood Pigeon with 5105 heading high west through the morning with at least 34 Stock Dove and a new site record 1304 Jackdaw on roughly the same line. The previous peak was 809 exactly six years ago. Also moving but mostly on a easterly direction were 175 Goldfinch, 60 Chaffinch, 45 Skylark, 34 Meadow Pipit, 32 Greenfinch, seven Siskin, six Reed Bunting, four Mistle Thrush and two Lesser Redpoll.

In the estuary the Slavonian Grebe, a flock of 183 Brent Geese included the first six juveniles and a Curlew Sandpiper was with 68 Dunlin. Elsewhere three Great-crested Grebe, two Eider and a Red-throated Diver were offshore and seven Chiffchaff and a Wheatear were on site, with a mobile Nuthatch, only the second October record, 23 Long-tailed and four Coal Tit.

Wildlife News: A Clouded Yellow was in Greenland Lake, the last couple of Ivy Bee were on the wing and the warm weather brought out a minimum of 18 Common Darter and five Migrant Hawker.

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