Friday, October 13, 2006

13th October 2006

SN Reservoirs 0730-0945 MJP, TB, GJ
cool, still, thick fog.

littoralis-type Rock Pipit - 1
Egyptian Goose - 2 (s, 0730)
Chiffchaff - 1
Blackcap - 1
Goldcrest - 15
Kingfisher - 2
Wigeon - calling on ER

visible migration:
Linnet - 2 (s)
Siskin - 1 (e)
Meadow Pipit - 21 (mainly n)
Redwing - 2 (n)
Song Thrush - 17 (mainly n)
Pied Wagtail - 10
Grey Wagtail - 2 (se)

A cold, still morning shrouded by dense fog, but illuminated by close views of a feeding Rock Pipit, probably of the Scandinavian/Russian race A.p.littoralis. Initially flushed from a waterlogged section of the gravel track, the bird called and alighted a few metres away on the perimeter 'wall' (concrete surround) of the East Reservoir, where it proceeded to feed for several minutes. After being approached, the bird kindly reciprocated and walked closer, giving views down to six metres before leaving south.

this morning's 'view' over the ER......

compared to how it can look.