Sunday, October 15, 2006

15th October 2006

SN Reservoirs 0715-1030hrs MJP, LP
mild, o/c. light-mod E.

Ring Ouzel - 1 (out of trees then NE)
Brambling - 6
Redpoll - 13 (e)
Redwing - 4 (e)
Skylark - 2 (sw),
Chaffinch 35 - (mainly w)
Song Thrush - 24
Redwing - 4 (e)
Swallow - 1 (s)
Greylag - 5
Wigeon - 1

a good morning on patch, with the first record of Ring Ouzel being the highlight, leaving the trees at the SW corner of the ER and flying NE. Distinctly seasonal visible migration was evident with Redpolls, Bramblings (the first of the year), Redwings and Chaffinch all moving through. A solitary Swallow was the first hirundine for some days.

also a fairly large gull passage began early, most birds moving west, with 250+ Black-headed, 1 Common, c25 Lesser Black-backed and 10 Herring.