Thursday, 11 October 2012

Lollingdon hill, 10th Oct

Overcast, 14º, light E.

Quite a contrast from yesterday with hardly anything there, one Song Thrush, three Blackbird, four Greenfinch, a Blackcap and two Robin. Only a single Mistle Thrush flew over being chased by a Crow.
Four Red Admiral and two Common Darter noted.

An interesting note from today’s sightings at Falsterbo observatory in Sweden.

“Another legendary day, but actually rather normal for this autumn ;)
Ringing: 2782 birds ringed (fourth highest), 1952 Blue Tits (fourth highest), 452 Great Tits (second highest) and the season total has passed 25 000 birds for the first time ever, with a month of ringing left!
Mixed migration: about 58 500 Wood Pigeons, 15 560 Barnacle Geese, 4 Black Kites, 1 Richard’s Pipit, 16 700 Blue Tits and last but certainly not least: 4193 Sparrowhawks! A massive record and the first time ever with more than 4000 migrating in one day. Also, today’s 63 300 chaffinch pushed the total for this pair of species above 2 million. Soon the total migration will pass 3 million for the second time in history... :”

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