Saturday, 24 September 2011

Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps

I spent most of the day round The Moat, The Desert, North end of the trapping area and the ARC bushes. Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps were much in evidence with totals of 64 and 27 respectively, though i suspect that these were just a small percentage of the numbers present. Also seen 2 Common Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Stonechats, 3 Whinchats, 7 Northern Wheatears, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Common Redstart, 3 Black Redstarts, 5 Sparrowhawks, 5 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20+ Siskins including one trapped at the obs, a few Goldfinches and linnets moving through and steady movement of Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins south, but no sign of the Stinky Pinky. The ARC Pit was disappointing with usual flock of Lapwing and Golden Plover and 6 Ringed Plovers and 2 Marsh Harriers.

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