Tuesday, September 26, 2006

26th September 2006

SN Reservoirs 0700-1115hrs MJP
dull early, bright with sunny breaks after 0830. light, variable wind.

Jackdaw - 6 (w)
Egyptian Goose - 2
Yellow Wagtail - 1 (sw)
Meadow Pipit - 55 (mainly sw)
Lesser Redpoll - 2
Siskin - 2 (e)
House Martin - 7 (n)
Sedge Warbler - 2
Reed Warbler - 3+
Wigeon - 5
Sparrowhawk - 2
Chiffchaff - 6
Blackcap - 1
Shoveler - 32
Tufted Duck - 63
Woodpigeon - 200
Carrion Crow - 35
Mistle Thrush - 14

visible migration good, with several locally uncommon species moving through, including the first Jackdaws of the autumn (west), two more Siskins (east), another Yellow Wagtail (west), and two Lesser Redpolls, which briefly alighted in treetops by the ER. 55 more Meadow Pipits continue an unprecedented passage this month; most were flying south-west, again in singles and small groups (although no flocks of more than seven today) - several briefly put down, surprisingly, in phragmites as well as on short grass.

Wildfowl numbers are high, with 32 Shovelers and 63 Tufted Ducks on the ER; a third visit from the Egyptian Geese (apparently the same pair which often reside in Regent's Park) ended at 0700 when they flew south-east. Initially only three Wigeon were on the ER, perhaps reflecting the receding weed, but two more (males) came in high from the north-east around 0720.