Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Great Grey Shrike!

Merlin just after grabbing a Goldfinch for Breakfast 
07.30-09.00 from the Point                           09.30-11.00 The Desert
Brent Goose:             4E      39W
Gadwall:                    2 on sea
Goldeneye:                1W
Red-breasted Merganser: 2E
Gannet:                      c15 around
Merlin:                       1 around
Sparrowhawk:            2 around                            3
Oystercatcher:            3E
Golden Plover:           1 in
Curlew:                                                                 1 over
Sandwich Tern:          3 around
Skylark:                     6                                         4
Swallow:                  44                                       11
House Martin:          33
Meadow Pipit:          21                                       15
Pied Wagtail:            17                                        4
Stonechat:                   2
Long-tailed Tit:                                                    6
Great Grey Shrike:                                            1
Starling:                 500 in                                 210 in
Brambling:                1
Linnet:                     83                                        15
Redpoll:                   14+                                       4+
Goldfinch:              360                                        70+
Siskin:                      11+                                     28+
Reed Bunting:            4                                          1
Eurasian Treecreeper trapped and ringed at the observatory (214)

This Great Grey Shrike (215 local patch year) flew past me as I was working The Desert, fortunately it landed on some bushes c400mts away. It was quite flighty and gradually moved north, crossed the road, then lost to view near the ARC. Fortunately it was around long enough for about dozen other observers to see it.  
Stonechat, Scotney
This afternoon I spent 4hrs at the back of Scotney waiting for Rough-legged Buzzard to show, It didn't. It was seen around midday and probably caught a Rabbit, and spent the rest of the day sitting around digesting it. While I was there c3,000 Lapwings and c500 Golden Plovers were out on the fields along with 100s of feral geese. The set aside held many Reed Buntings, Linnets and Goldfinches along with a few Corn Buntings and Yellowhammer.
3 Merveille du Jour recently in the Plodland trap
Cypress Carpet

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