Friday, 14 October 2011

14th October

Seen flying south down the west coast early in the morning, the second Goshawk of the year was the best bird of the day. At least 3 Sparrowhawks were also seen, along with 2 Merlins, 4 Short-eared Owls and a Long-eared Owl. A couple of Woodpigeons were also new, and 3 Woodcocks were the only notable waders.

Slightly more passerine migrants were present, including 18 Goldcrests, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Robins, 1 Dunnock and 63 Fieldfares. The number of Bramblings reached 15, and other finches included 3 Redpolls, 2 Siskins and a Chaffinch. Both the Olive-backed Pipit and the Great Grey Shrike were still around.

The Long-eared Owl was the highlight of a short mist-netting session at Holland House.

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