Wednesday, 3 October 2012

3rd Oct

Sunny spells, 14º, fresh SW.

Two visits to the hill today, neither turned up a lot, this morning saw four Pied Wagtail fly over towards the downs, and approximately fifty Swallow flew south. A Goldcrest, two Chiffchaff and a Blackcap on the north side and three Mallard flew over.
This afternoon very similar with several more hirundine flocks this time mainly House Martin.

A Buzzard and a Kestrel on the hill and around a thousand Gulls loafing in distant fields with several Lesser Blackback Gull passing over.
The garden busy today with at one point twenty five Goldfinch and ten Stock Dove feeding in the garden, a Jay was in the garden and another in the meadow at one point, until chased off by the two Crows. Two Chiffchaff, Great, Blue, Coal and Long-tailed Tit all present on and off, and a Grey Wagtail briefly.

A couple of Red Admiral and Small White seen today.

An interesting figure I read from a report of 87,400 Blue Tit moving south at Falstebro bird observatory, southern Sweden yesterday, amongst many other migrants!

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