Wednesday, October 11, 2006

11th October 2006

SN Reservoirs 0715-0930 MJP, LP
o/c, showers. mild. light SE.

Rock Pipit - 1 (se)
Lapwing - 1 (sw)
Yellow Wagtail - 3 (n)
Meadow Pipit - 22 (mainly sw)
Sand Martin - 3 (s)
Jackdaw - 2
Reed Warbler - 1
Wigeon - 9
Pied Wagtail - 10
Grey Wagtail - 2
Greenfinch - c30
Chaffinch - c20
Kingfisher - 2
Kestrel - 2

A change in weather systems and a showery, mild south-easterly airflow made for an entertaining morning; visible migration was productive (after fairly barren recent visits), the pick of being a Rock Pipit - a first for the site, the bird came low from the north-east, calling and providing good views before carrying on south-east.

A single Lapwing south-west is another local rarity, and finches, pipits and wagtails were moving over.

All is now well with cameras and computers - so a few photographs from October thus far:-

One of three Reed Buntings which came in high from the northeast on 9th, fed for a while and then departed south. Today (11th) is the third day so far this month that Reed Buntings have dropped into the reeds from up high before leaving a few minutes later.

Wigeon and the commoner reservoir species, 7th.

Greylags flying west, 7th

House Martin and Barn Swallow, 7th.

Spider sp., 28th Sep. Any ideas?