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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

31st October

Peregrine Falcon: 1 soared just E of the park at 9.45am.
Redwing: 50+ roosted in evergreens close to the lake in area 7.
Sparrowhawk: This male has taken to perching by the feeders at Hanover Bridge, area1. Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 30, 2006

30th October

A good variety of birds on passage.

Jack Snipe: 1 was flushed from a ditch in the wetland pen at 3.30pm.
Water Rail: 1 seen in the wetland pen, area 25 at 11.40am.
Snipe: 1 looked as if it was dropping down into area 25 at 7.50am.
Woodlark: 1 flew very low W at 11.20am.
Fieldfare: 16 birds west, the first record of the autumn.
Redwing: 110 birds W.
Song Thrush: 2 birds W.
Meadow Pipit: 14 birds W.
Grey Wagtail: 2 birds SW.
Pied Wagtail: 4 birds SW.
Collared Dove: A group of 5 flew W at 8.35am.
Wood Pigeon: 900 flew SW.
Siskin: 2 birds flew W, also the first autumn record.
Greenfinch: 60 birds W.
Chaffinch: 120 flew W.
Goldfinch: 12 birds flew SW.
Starling: 315 flew W.
Jackdaw: 16 birds in three groups.
Scandinavian Herring Gull: 1 flew E at 9.15am.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

27th October

Lesser Redpoll: 2 flew W.
Skylark: 1 flew W.
Brambling: 10 flew W.
Chaffinch: 20+ flew W.
Wood Pigeon: 1600+ SW.

26th October

Redwing: 350+ flew SW to W before 9.00am.
Skylark: 1 flew W.
Brambling: 5 birds flew W.
Song Thrush: 12 birds W.
Blackbird: 100+ were mixed in with the Redwing flocks.
Wood Pigeon: 2000+ flew SW.

25th October

Swallow: 1 juv fed above the open spaces.
Wood Pigeon: 550+ flew SW in large flocks.
Skylark: 1 flew SW.
Goldfinch: 30+ flew W.
Greenfinch: 50 W.
Chaffinch: 40 W.
Pied Wagtail: 10 birds present.
Lesser Redpoll: 1 flew W.
Starling: 1500 flew W.
Meadow Pipit: 10 birds W.

All these birds were seen before rain arrived at 9.00am.

24th October

Skylark: 2 flew W.
Wood Pigeon: 100+ flew SW at 1.15pm.

23rd October

Water Rail: 1 was present in the Wetland, area 25. It was heard at 6.00am and then seen in the evening. It could have been present for several days.
Lesser Redpoll: 1 flew west.

29th October Back after a week away, guess where

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I am back after a week away, I missed several mornings of visible migration. That was a shame as there is nothing better than flocks of birds moving over the park.
I had a reasonable week away, can you guess where? The highlights being Mediterranean Shearwaters, 2 Sabines Gulls,Spotted Sandpiper, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Richards Pipit, Yellow-browed Warbler, Englands only breeding Choughs and the best cream teas ever.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

17th October

Again visible migration disappointing

Song Thrush: 74 birds in two flocks flew W prior to 8.00am. This is a park record.
Redwing: 6 birds W in 1's and 2's.
Goldfinch: 6 birds W.
Greenfinch: 30 birds W.
Meadow Pipit: 1 bird W.

In the park; 1 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrests, 14 Shovelers and 1 drake Teal.

Monday, October 16, 2006

16th October

Early morning mist again hampered visabilty.

Redwing: 144 birds seen in 9 flocks prior to 8.30am.
Starling: 60 birds flew W.
Chiffchaff: 1 present in area 29.
Tawny Owl: 1 very vocal bird was alongside the lake, area 6 at 6.30am.

Friday, October 13, 2006

13th October

Hobby: 1 juv flew low S at 1.30pm.
Redwing: 2 singles flew W.
Song Thrush: 10 birds flew N in two groups.
Meadow Pipits: 4 singles flew SW.
Pied Wagtail: 6 birds SE in 1's and 2's.
Blackcap: 1 male in area 6.
Chiffchaff: 2 singles in areas 6 and 24.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

12th October

Visible migration picked up as the wind began to move to an eastern sector.

Greenland Wheatear: 1 in area 28 from 9.30am.
Swallow: 1 flew S.
Redwing: 38 birds W in small flocks from 7.00 am til 9.30am.
Song Thrush: 18 birds W in 2's and 3's.
Skylark: 9 birds W in three groups.
Meadow Pipit:13 birds, with the odd bird attempting to land. Dog walkers soon move them on.
Pied Wagtail: 7 birds SE.
Grey Wagtail: 3 birds SE.
Starling: 76 birds W before
Chaffinch: 64 birds W.
Greenfinch: 44 birds W.
Goldfinch: 16 birds SW.
Lesser Redpoll: 2 birds W at 11.00am.
Rook: 1 flew W at 8.05am.
Shoveler: 25 birds on the lake.
Pintail: 1 duck in area 5.

Monday, October 09, 2006

9th October

Winds still from the wrong direction, so very little visible migration.

Song Thrush: 12 birds flew SW to NW the largest gruop contained 3 birds.
Swallow: 26 birds in dribs and drabs.
Meadow Pipit: 8 singles flew over in various directions.
Grey Wagtail: 2 birds flew SW at 7.15am.
Pied Wagtail: 4 birds feeding on cricket square.
Goldfinch: A flock of seven flew SW at 7.45am.
Shoveler: 12 birds around the island in area 5.
Common Teal: 1 in the Nature Study Centre, usually at the far end of the lake. Wild Teal look very nervy even when they mix with the collection birds.
Gadwall: A pair in area 5.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

8th October

The last three days have been very quiet ,with very little visible migration. Todays patchy cloud improved the chance of some sightings.

Reed Bunting: 1 flew W calling at 8.10am.
Meadow Pipit: 12 birds flew W.
Chiffchaff: 1 in the Leaf Yard Wood, area 29.
Goldcrest: 4 birds along boundary to area 29.
Large raptor sp: A very high large raptor dissappeared into the cloud before I had the chance to get my bins on to it, at 12.10pm.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

5th October

Bullfinch: 1 dropped into area 26, just as heavy drizzle started at 12.40pm. My first Bullfinch down for 10 years.
It was later flushed from a berry bush.
Redwing: 1 dropped into a Pine Tree at 9.20am.
Meadow Pipit: 25 birds in small groups prior to 10.00am.
Goldfinch: 16 birds flew W.
Common Teal: 2 drakes are present amongs the collection Teal in area 1.
Northern Shoveler: 14 birds are present on the lake.
Mandarin Duck: 16 birds on the island in area 5.
Eygptian Goose: The roving pair are back in area 26.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

4th October

Ring Ouzel: 1 circled above Winfield House at 7.50am before appearing to drop into the Leaf Yard, area 29.
Greenland Wheatear: The male was again present around the Hub first thing before moving to the trees at the site of the old pavilion.
Linnet: 18 flew SW.
Meadow Pipit: 45 birds flew SW, some dropping in briefly.
Goldfinch: 55 birds passed through in small flocks.
Swallow: 36 birds flew SW.House Martin: 6 birds flew SW.
Chiffchaff: 3 birds were around area 12.
Pied Wagtail: 5 birds again fed on the small cricket square, just W of the Hub, area 28.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

3rd October

Golden Plover: 1 flew SE at 9.30am.
Stonechat: 1 dropped into the wildflower patches in area 26 at 12.30pm. This was only the 8th record in 28 years.
Greenland Wheatear: 1 was on the open spaces from 11.30am.
Common Buzzard: 1 flew W at 1.10pm.
Redwing: 1 flew W at over Queen Mary's at 8.10am.
Jackdaw: 10 birds flew N at 8.30am.
Linnet: 25 birds flew SW in 1's and 2's or small groups.
Greenfinch: 80 flew W prior to 9.30am.
Goldfinch: 18 birds flew SW in three groups.
Meadow Pipit: 50 birds flew over in know fixed direction.
Swallow: 25 birds flew through.
House Martin: 12 flew through.
Spotted Flycatcher: 1 was seen in area 29, almost the latest date ever in the park.
Chiffchaff: 4 birds, 2 in area 12 and 2 in area 16.

Monday, October 02, 2006

2nd October

Pied Flyctacher


Little Stint


I am back after a very warm week, on the Lands End Penninsular. We managed to see 115 species without trying to hard. Missing out on Melodous Warbler and Least Sandpiper. The winds were mainly southerly, know good for sea watching, until it veered slightly towards the end of the week.
The Weeks Bird Highlights : Sooty Shearwater, 25 Mediterranean Shearwater, American Wigeon, Goshawk, Wilsons Phalarope, Dotterel,12 Purple Sandpipers, Long-tailed Skua, 30 Arctic Skuas, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Turtle Doves, 2 Wrynecks and Red-breasted Flycatcher. In Sennen Cove over 50 Common Dolphins put on a show and the following day my first Basking Shark fed there.
I managed to get over to the Isles of Scilly on a to hot to walk Tuesday. My party flew from St Just Airport at 8.40am returning at 5.15pm. Allowing plenty of time to find some birds, island highlights were Hoopoe, Wryneck, Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest.

While away the park has been quiet, highlights being the Kingfisher back in the Wetland, area 25 on 25th & 26th, 1 Hobby flew S on 26th, 2 Jackdaws 30th & one 1st Oct. There has been small movements of Swallows, House Martins and Meadow Pipits.