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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

31st October

Any guesses to his/hers identity yet?
With the winds from the west and cloud enveloping the park at 6.40am and for much of the day visible migration was thin in the air.

Fieldfare: 15 birds in two flocks.
Redwing: 12 birds over with a few dropping in to feed in Yew trees.
Lesser Redpoll: 1 flew west at 8.50am.
Siskin: 3 birds fed briefly in an Alder Tree in area 26.
Starling: A flock of 22 flew west.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

30th October

Here is a little tester for some of you to identify.

Yesterday and today were very similar in the species of birds seen. If the wind should swing around then we could see our first Woodcock of the autumn, as this is peek passage time for this species.

Skylark: 1 flew west at 9.10am.
Redwing: 28 flew west in small flocks, though birds were heard flying over from 5.30am.
Siskin: 2 singles flew over.
Chaffinch: small flocks headed west, total number of birds seen 60.
Kingfisher: 2 birds were calling in area 26.
Jackdaw: A flock of 6 flew east at 8.50am.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

27th October

The sun goes down, seen from The Old Dairy

Black Redstart female on roof of derelict building at Lands End

Another Black Redstart
Dartford Warbler Lands End

Black Redstarts male and female above the Old Dairy

Carn Gloose, a good place to view sea birds flying past.
Cot Valley, birds seen here included Dusky and Pallas's Warbler and Firecrests.
Kenijack Valley, birds in this valley were Yellow-browed and Siberian Chiffchaff plus Ring Ouzels.
Two of four youngsters at Lands End, that have flown across from the Lizard

Back from a fairly productive week staying on the Lands End peninsular at the Old Dairy. This self catering accommodation is positioned just outside the Lands End theme park. It allows instant access to some very fine birding habitat, and offers breathtaking views all the way to the Isles of Scilly on a fine day (28 miles). The winds were mainly south to south-east , fairly cool and fairly blustery. It calmed down on the Friday. The birding highlights were mainly those from the east, with very little happening out on the sea.


1 Dusky Warbler
1 Pallas's Warbler
1 Yellow-browed Warbler
1 Dartford Warbler ( a new bird for cornwall)
2 Siberian Chiffchaffs
2 Firecrests
1 Blyth's Pipit
2 Richards Pipit's Pipit
1 Little Bunting
4 Ring Ouzels
1 Lapland Bunting
1 Jack Snipe (flushed from the coastal path)
4 Choughs
1 Great Northern Diver (adult over Lands End)
All four Skuas

Friday, October 19, 2007

19th October

Dawn on 18th October
Dawn today

Today's visible migration, this year the direction of the migrants seem to be between 45 to 90 degrees further north.

Hobby: 1 flew SW at 7.55am.
Redwing: 150 flew north prior to 9.00am.
Fieldfare: 35 flew north.
Siskin: 3o flew north in small parties, three stopped off in area 26 for a quick feed before tagging on to another flock.
Lesser Redpoll: 1 north at 7.58am.
Meadow Pipit: 8 singles.
Wood Pigeon: 1300 west.

I am off to Cornwall to track down some cream teas and with a bit of luck a Pallas's Warbler.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

18th October

Kingfisher in area 1, most of the latest sightings have been in this area.

The coldest night of the autumn, with a beautiful clear sky. Due to this, watching for visible migration was fairly hard. It meant listening carefully and using any piece of wispy cloud to help pick out the birds.

Common Sandpiper: One was on the edge of the island facing the banstand, area 6 at 8.00am.
Chiffchaff: 2 in area 26.
Blackcap: 1 female in area 26.
Kingfisher: 1 was present in area 1 between 12.00 and 1.00pm.
Grey Wagtail: 2 birds in area 1.

Visible Migration
Wood Pigeon: 3200 flew west in large flocks, prior to 8.30am.
Redwing: 25 flew north in small parties.
Fieldfare: A flock of 85 flew north at 1.00pm.
Lesser Whitethroat: 1 flew west.
Pied Wagtail: 2 flew west.

Monday, October 15, 2007

15th October

Mandarins are back to their ornate best

The last few days have been very quiet, with very little visible migration. The birds that have been seen have been flying at very high altitudes.

Little Owl: 1 was calling from area 21 at 3.10am on 12th.
Tawny Owl: Birds were calling from areas 1 and 14 around 6.20am 12th.
Fieldfare: small numbers were seen 12th, 13th and 14th.
Redwing: slightly larger numbers than the above but totaling under 100 birds.
Chaffinch: small parties have headed north most mornings.
Siskin: 1 over the nature study centre, area 1 on the 12th.
Yellow-legged Gull: 1ad was on the lake 12th until a boat race scared it off.
Chiffchaff: A handful of birds are still present normally in areas 7 and 26.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

11th October

Although most of the south-east was shrouded in fog this morning the park had clear skies. This allowed the chance to observe some visible migration. Most of the movement of birds slows down after 9.00am.

Redwing: 230 flew north.
Fieldfare: 15 north.
Song Thrush: 14 north.
Rock Pipit: 1 flew south-east with a pied wagtail at 7.40am.
Meadow Pipit: 40 north.
Pied Wagtail: 6 west.
Brambling: 14 west.
Chaffinch: 50 north.
Linnet: 10 north.
Lesser Redpoll: 2 singles.
Siskin: 18 flew west.
Starling: 8 high fliers west.
Chiffchaff: 2 singles.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

10th October

Bandstand viewed from area 8

Firecrest: 1 male feeding in area 8 at 7.40am with the tit flock. Not seen after 7.50am but not
really looked for, though the tit flock could still be heard in the area.
Marsh Harrier: 1 flew fairly low south-west at 8.20am.
Chiffchaff: 6 birds, 5 in area 8.
Goldcrest: 6 in area 8.
Long-tailed Tit: 40 in area 8.
Fieldfare: 28 flew north prior to 9.00am. strangely this was the first record of the year.
Redwing: 34 birds in three small groups flew northish before 9.00am.
Meadow Pipit: 1 bird over.
Goldfinch: A flock of 12 flew east.

Monday, October 08, 2007

8th October

Ring Ouzel: 3 birds flew west at 7.40am.
Redwing: 18 birds flew south-west at 8.25am.
Lesser Redpoll: 1 bird flew SW.
Meadow Pipit: 6 singles flew north.
Goldfinch: A flock of 18 flew east.
Swallow: 15 flew high south-east at 10.30am.
House Martin: 6 birds flew south-east at 12.25pm.
Kingfisher: 1 was heard in area 1 and 26.
Sparrowhawk: 2 birds over at 12.30pm.
Egyptian Goose: 9 birds roosted on the rowing boats on the lake.
Ring-necked Parakeet: 2 birds are feeding around the park.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

6th October

Buff-bellied Pipit: Porth Cressa.

Buff-bellied Pipit and Meadow Pipit
Lapland Bunting: Penninis Head.

Common Redstart: Vane Hill, Tresco.
Northern Wheatear: Wingletang, St Agnes.

Greenshank, Lower Moors.

Osprey over the airfield.
Jack Snipe, Lower Moors.

Common Snipe, Lower Moors.

Little Stint, Porth Loo beach.
House Sparrows waiting to pounce, Juliets Garden
Clouded Yellow Butterfly, 1 of many seen on the islands.
A cruise ship calls in dwarfing the local vessels.
The view from the airfield over Old Town Bay towards Penninis Head
An almost tropical seen

Isles of Scilly.

The winds were from an easterly direction for the first 6 days before veering south-west on the seventh. Unfortunately the rain on the east coast and in Europe prevented any large scale movements of birds reaching these islands. Small numbers of vagrants did manage to make it, allowing a new species to be seen daily. I was fortunate enough to add three lifers in the form of Buff-bellied Pipit, Red-throated Pipit and the most unexpected bird a Cliff Swallow found by my friends and I seemingly in a state of exhaustion. At the end of the week 102 species were recorded.

1 Balearic Shearwater
1 Osprey
2 Peregrine Falcon
1 Merlin
1 Hobby
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
6 Jack Snipes
1 Great Skua
1 Richards Pipit
1 Common Redstart
1 Melodious Warbler
2 Lapland Buntings