Reed Bunting 21 Sept 20

26 October, 2020

A pleasant change after the weekends weather with sunshine and a drop in the wind.

Black Redstart - 1
Stonechat - 2
Redpoll - 3
Siskin - 2
Skylark - 4
Meadow Pipit - 10
Pied Wagtail 15
Chiffchaff - 5
Goldcrest - 6
Blackcap - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 1
Jay - 2
Kestrel - 1


Black Redstart Atherington Lodge

23 October, 2020

An afternoon visit from 14:00 found the patch again very quiet, apart from a Marsh Harrier drifting west over the sea at Climping Beach.

Marsh Harrier - 1W
Brent Geese - 3W
Wigeon - 1 os
Great-crested Grebe - 1 os
Gannet - 1W
Med Gull - 7
Turnstone - 17
Rock Pipit - 2W
Stonechat - 3
Reed Bunting - 1
Blackcap - 1
Goldcrest - 10
Chiffchaff - 3
Skylark - 15
Pied Wagtail - 17
Kestrel - 1
Buzzard - 1
Jay - 1

22 October, 2020

Very quiet in the patch today despite some good coverage, the best being 2 Firecrest behind Poole Place this afternoon. (OM)

20 October, 2020

Water Pipit with 2 Rock Pipit in the set aside field east of bread lane this morning before being flushed by a dog and flew off west, 3 Firecrest in the area, also 10 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap. (RG)

19 October, 2020

 Not one for complaining about a southerly wind, but the change in direction brought about a drastic halt in the finch movement with small numbers of Goldfinch and Linnet apart. With the large numbers of passerines in the area of late, I was bemoaning the lack of Merlin, one duly found this morning sitting in top of bush at the bottom of long wood.

Merlin - 1
Peregrine - 1
Buzzard - 1
Kestrel - 1
Ring Ouzel - 1
Song Thrush - 4
Mistle Thrush - 1
Rock Pipit - 1
Grey Wagtail - 1
Pied Wagtail - 30
Skylark - 17
Firecrest - 1
Goldcrest - 15
Chiffchaff - 7
Swallow - 75+
Little Egret - 1
Great-crested Grebe - 2
Yellow-legged Gull - 1
Med Gull - 50+
Curlew - 10
Grey Plover - 7

Merlin

Ring Ouzel

Yellow-legged Gull


18 October, 2020

Good coverage this morning found plenty of finches still on the move again, a Black-throated Diver off Climping Beach, Black Redstart in the first field east of bread lane, and a Ring Ouzel in the hedge up to the camp site.

Crossbill - 9
Black Redstart - 1
Brambling - 3
Redpoll - 150+
Siskin - 80+
Skylark - 42
Grey Wagtail - 1
Pied Wagtail - 30+
Ring Ouzel - 1
Fieldfare - 1
Redwing - 2
Mistle Thrush - 2
Song Thrush - 5
Chiffchaff - 30
Goldcrest - 11
Blackcap - 6
Cetti's Warbler - 2 hrd
Reed Bunting - 5
Stonechat - 5
Meadow Pipit - 75+
Linnet - 100+
Goldfinch 300+
Jay - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 5
Green Woodpecker - 2
Sparrowhawk - 2
Buzzard - 2
Swallow - 125+
House Martin - 50+
Sanderling - 15W
Turnstone - 3
Little Egret - 1
Gannet - 5W
Common Scoter - 4W
Brent Geese - 3W
Wigeon - 35W
Black-throated Diver - 1 os
Great-crested Grebe - 2 os
Med Gull - 15 os
Seal - 1




17 October, 2020

Again good numbers of finches moving east, including at least 31 Crossbill (6,17,1,2,5). Also of note a large number of Swallow and House Martin, and a single Ring Ouzel. (RG)

Golden Plover - 1
Sandwich Tern _ 1
Chiffchaff - 20
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd & seen
Goldcrest - 6
Blackcap - 4
Fieldfare - 2
Redwing - 2
Ring Ouzel - 1
Robin - 30+
Wheatear - 1
Stonechat - 11
Pied Wagtail - 45+
Grey Wagtail - 1
Swallow - 400+
House Martin - 300+
Siskin - 20+
Redpoll - 125+
Goldfinch - 420+
Crossbill - 31+
Reed bunting - 9
Yellowhammer - 1

Elmer Rocks & fieldThere wasn’t much happening offshore and all I logged was 13 Brent heading W and 3 Great Crested Grebes. The field margins were similarly quiet with just half a dozen Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest for my efforts.


There was however plenty of vis mig – though not quite as much as yesterday – but the stand-out birds of the morning were Crossbills.. a minimum of 30 passed through, in flocks of 6,6,7 and 11+ in fairly quick succession, though there could have been more. Other totals (0800-1000hrs) included 280 Goldfinch, 40 Siskins, 25 Linnets, 10 Redpoll, 280 Swallows and 40 House Martins. Singles of Reed Bunting, Skylark and Grey Wagtail were also noted amongst the more regular species.(OM)

A visit in land to Marsh Farm from 14:30

Firecrest - 3
Raven - 2/4
Chiffchaff - 7
Goldcrest - 2
Yellowhammer - 4
Meadow Pipit - 5
Skylark - 4
Redpoll - 2
Siskin - 2
Grey Wagtail - 1
Pied Wagtail - 15
Song Thrush - 6
Jay - 3
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Water Rail - 1 hrd
Great -crested Grebe - 1
Teal - 4
Buzzard - 1

One of at least 3 Firecrest around the farm


Chiffchaff

Raven

Great-crested Grebe

Teal



Records for Friday 16/10 from 13:30

Rock Pipit - 6
Linnet - 100+
Pied Wagtail - 25
Chiffchaff - 4
Goldcrest - 2
Blackcap - 1
Razorbill - 1
Great-crested Grebe - 3
Med Gull - 20
Brent Geese - 15W
Rock Pipit Climping Beach


Guillemot Climping Beach

Records for Tuesday afternoon from

Firecrest - 1 
Chiffchaff - 4
Goldcrest - 2
Stonechat - 1
Siskin - 7
Redpoll - 2
Pied Wagatil - 50+
Grey Wagtail - 1
Linnet - 100+
Meadow Pipit - 10
Buzzard - 1
Kestrel - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Turnstone - 3
Med Gull - 20

16 October, 2020

Large numbers of finches moving east, including 5 Crossbill (RG)

Wigeon - 15
Red Kite - 1
Chiffchaff - 16
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Blackcap - 1
Fieldfare - 2
Stonechat - 7
Pied Wagtail - 15
Rock Pipit - 1
Swallow - 25+
House Martin - 45+
Siskin - 20+
Redpoll - 180+
Goldfinch - 700+
Reed Bunting - 7

Records for the 14th again found large numbers of finches on the move east.(RG)

Brent Geese - 10W
Great-crested Grebe - 3
Gannet - 5
Sparrowhawk - 2
Kingfisher - 1
Chiffchaff - 12
Cetti's Warbler 1 hrd
Blackcap - 3
Goldcrest - 1
Stonechat - 4
Redwing - 1
Pied Wagtail - 14
House Martin - 5
Siskin - 25+
Redpoll - 130+
Goldfinch - 750+
Brambling - 1
Reed Bunting - 9

Records for the 13th 
Of note was a Little Grebe on the golf course rife and a Firecrest.(RG)

Red Kite -1
Chiffchaff - 12
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Blackcap - 6
Stonechat - 9
Pied wagtail - 22
Grey Wagtail - 1
Rock Pipit - 2
Swallow - 35+
Siskin - 5
Redpoll - 10
Reed Bunting - 12

Elmer RocksAnother good morning to be out and although little was moving offshore I soon realised it was a good day for eastbound ‘vis mig’ so positioned myself at Poole Place. There was a steady stream of finches and hirundines moving through – such that it was difficult to try and keep pace with the movement whilst trying to identify and log stuff! I doubtless missed plenty, however It was quite exciting and at least 3 Crossbills – including an obvious male - came through with a Linnet flock (there may well have been more!), though most of the movement had eased off by about 1000hrs.

Other highlights today included a Great Northern Diver well offshore and 2 Red Kites over the fields at Poole Place, soon drifting off westwards.  Log below (0745-1100hrs):- (OM)

Gannet - 4W
Great-northern Dover - 1 os
Mute Swan - 1 os
Brent Geese - 6W
Sanderling - 5
Ringed Plover - 8
Turnstone - 5
Oystercatcher - 12
Sparrowhawk - 1
Red Kite - 2
Skylark - 1E
Meadow Pipit - 30E
Pied/Alba Wagtail - 17E
Swallow - 120+ E
House Martin - 10+ E
Med Gull - 4W
Linnet - 30E
Goldfinch - 920E
Lesser Redpoll - 20E
Chaffinch - 5E
Crossbill - 3E
Chiffchaff - 12
Blackcap - 1

12 October, 2020

Mid morning visit due to other commitments, but still a good variety on the move today.

Brent Geese - 228W
Wigeon - 75W
Gannet - 9E
Med Gull - 15os
Great-crested Grebe - 1W 2os
Dunlin - 2W
Curlew - 1W
Oystercatcher - 8
Sanderling - 2
Turnstone - 15
Redwing - 1
Song Thrush - 3
Jay - 2
Green Woodpecker - 1
Chiffchaff - 20
Goldcrest - 1
Blackcap - 1
Redpoll - 7
Siskin - 10
Linnet - 37
Meadow Pipit - 120+
Pied Wagtail - 75
White Wagtail - 2
Skylark - 12
Reed Bunting - 2
Stonechat - 6
Swallow - c.200
House Martin - 25
Stock Dove - 3
Kestrel - 1
Buzzard - 2
Little Egret - 1
 
Brent Geese on the move West Beach

Sea watch from the Car Park from 10:00/10:45, with other highlights below. (ES)
Brent Geese - 230
Common Scoter - 15
Wigeon - 110
Great-crested Grebe - 3
Pied Wagtail - 35
Stonechat - 4
Chiffchaff - 12
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Kestrel - 1
Buzzard - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Little Owl - 1
Little Egret - 2