Tuesday, September 12, 2006

12th September 2006

SN Reservoirs 0645-1110hrs MJP,LP
heavy showers early, then o/c and bright; v humid. wind v light, variable.

Wigeon - 7
Spotted Flycatcher - 3-4
Sedge Warbler - 2
Reed Warbler - 12
Chiffchaff - 16
Willow Warbler - 1
Blackcap - 1
Swallow - 11
Song Thrush - 25
Blackbird - 30
Robin - 16
Little Grebe - 11

hopes raised by overnight rain (and on patch in time for a heavy downpour), and although nothing overwhelming around, the autumn's first Wigeon were welcome, and passerine migrants had increased in numbers. At least three, possibly four, Spot Flys (all presumably new birds after several blank days at the reservoirs) continues the species' unprecedented run in the area this year.

(six of seven wigeon, East Res)

Song Thrushes, Robins and Blackbirds were present in good numbers, and eleven swallows were, suprisingly, the first hirundines (but for a lone Sand Martin on the 8th) in almost a week. Reed Warblers are presently almost everywhere around the fringe of the East Res., and at least sixteen Chiffchaffs, two Sedge Warblers, and single Willow Warbler and Blackcap made for a respectable warbler presence.