After 5 days of adverse weather and few birds the last 2 days have been very active with visible migration.A dawn start today produced a Short-eared Owl, 2 Barn Owl and 2 Little Owl and the sound of Redwing passing overhead, then as daylight dawned there was a large movement of birds overhead with c1000 Linnet, 300+ Skylark, 300+ Chaffinch, 200+ Goldfinch, 200+ Pied Wagtail, 200+ Wood Pigeon, 50+ Meadow Pipit, 20+ Reed Bunting, 6 Siskin and 1 Brambling, as cloud cover increased by around midday movement all but ceased.
A ♂ Peregrine, a ♀ Merlin and 2 Sparrowhawk were very active during this period and a ♀ Sparrowhawk took a Linnet from a flock about 5m from me with a thwack and a flurry of feathers, also a Buzzard in the area!On the land there were around 20+ Stonechat, 16 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackbird, a Song Thrush, a Black Redstart and a Yellow-browed Warbler in the garden.
(missed a Ring Ouzel, Wood Lark, Firecrest, poss Nightjar and Rustic Bunting).A couple of Painted Lady and Red Admiral butterflies noted today.
Obs curry evening (courtesy Jo Stockwell)
Jo finishing 10 litres of Red wine!