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Thursday, October 23, 2008

23rd October

Views from our window looking to the SW, a magical sunset and a glorious day

The photo below shows Sennen Cove on a blustery day. As well as those hardy surfer dudes these conditions can force Grey Phalarope's, Sabines Gulls and even Bonaparte's Gulls in to the cove.

Two speceis that I have seen in recent years, Black Redstart and Spotted Sandpiper.

Just to let you know that I am away for a week. To the hopefully bird rich valley's of far west Cornwall for a week. With luck and the right weather systems I will have something to report to you on my return.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

21st October

The male and female Kestrel are often to be seen perched in area 25. On occasions they have to seek the sanctuary of the nest box to avoid being mobbed by members of the corvid family.

The last few days have been fairly quiet, again the winds are not helping much.

Little Grebe:
Three birds were on the lake yesterday.
Egyptian Goose: Nineteen pesky birds have taken to feeding and resting in area 26.
Common Teal: Two drakes flew out of area 1 yesterday afternoon.
Fieldfare: One flew west 20th.
Redwing: Thirty two flew west 2oth with a further six seen heading that way today.
Chiffchaff: One was calling from area 7 yesterday morning.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

18th October

This Green Woodpecker has been feeding regularly in the Wetland, area 25. It sometimes shows very well, when looking from the gate.

Water Pipit: One flew NW over the open spaces at 9.20am, around about 30ft above the ground and almost directly over my head. This species is heard and then seen almost annually in recent years.
Redwing: Seven flew west.
Goldcrest: Twenty eight birds were dotted around the park. The best locations were areas 7, 8,12, 14, 16, 24 and 29.
Brambling: One flew west with Chaffinches.
Chaffinch: Fourty birds in three flocks flew west.
Siskin: Twelve birds flew west in one's and two's.
Lesser Redpoll: Four singles flew SW.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

16th October

The Little Owl showed well in area 19, at one of his daytime roost sites.

Common Gull: A 2nd winter was on a post in the lake.
Eurasian Siskin: Twelve birds flew west.
Lesser Redpoll: Two birds flew west.
Redwing: Four birds flew west.
Chiifchaff: Two birds were in area 6 this morning.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

14th October

A calm day weather wise and a calm day bird wise with very little diurnal movement noticed.

One flew south at 8.10am could this be the last bird of the year over the park.
Pied Wagtail: Thirteen birds flew SW in two's and three's prior to 8.00am.
Siskin: One was heard in area 26.

Monday, October 13, 2008

13th October

I observed some diurnal movement over the park this morning from 7.00- 8.20am. I then had to get stuck into some work, this didn't allow me the chance to hear or see much as I was cutting down some reeds with a hedge cutter.

Little Grebe:
The juvenile is still present on the lake.
Little Egret:
One flew high NE at 16.15pm, the 118 species seen in the park this year.
Tawny Owl:
Three males were calling from area 1, 14 and 18 at 6.30am.
One was in area 26 at 8.10am, then seen in area 1 at 9.50am.
One flew SW at 7.37am.
Meadow Pipit: Six singles flew south.
Grey Wagtail: Two singles SW.
Pied Wagtail: Three singles south.
Fieldfare. Two birds flew NW at 7.05am.
Redwing: Ten birds flew low to the west.
Chiffchaff: Three birds were in area 26.
Blackcap: One was in area 24.
Common Crossbill: Seven birds flew NW calling very excitedly at 7.55am.
Lesser Redpoll: Ten birds flew SW, there was one flock of six birds the others were singles.
Siskin: Two single birds landed briefly.
Chaffinch: Sixty birds in three flocks flew west.

Friday, October 10, 2008

10th October

I am back from a very enjoyable week on the spectacular Isles of Scilly.

Though the weather could have been a little kinder, several days of showers and quite blustery condition did not spoil the trip. Birding was quite hard with not many of the regular passage migrants present, due to the winds being constantly from the western sector.

The highlights were:
Red eyed Vireo, American Golden Plover, 3 Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose ( both species not common on the islands) Dotterel, Jack Snipe, Pomarine and Great Skua, Wryneck, Red-backed Shrike, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Little Bunting, Snow Bunting, Lapland Bunting, Reed Bunting(also not common the islands) and Meally Redpoll. Unfortunately a Common Nighthawk was found dead on the islands, but better was to come.
Two days before we were due off an American Flycatcher was found on the mainland near Lands End, it could be one of two species. Some birders were arranging charters and flights on the chopper to get off the island, not cheap. But would it stay until we came off on Thursday? I had news that the bird was still present on the day of departure, but they were going to trap it to find out its true identity. This could cause the bird to go when released. As we landed back in Penzance, news that they had just mist netted it and that it was an Alder Flycatcher was very worrying. We got in the car and were in the car park in a kind farmers field within 20 minutes. As we started the fifteen minute walk to the valley on the coast lots of birders were walking our way, all with smiles on their faces. We were greeted at the birds last location with news that it had darted into a hedge in the bottom of the valley and had not been seen for twenty minutes. After what seemed like an age, but was only half an hour a bird darted from the bush and headed down the valley. Birders left their positions and followed down the path on the opposite side of the valley. My friend and I only went part of the way down as I thought the height would give us an advantage. We were rewarded eventually with some good views if a little distant of an new bird for the UK list.
Today though I have heard that even in the hand seperating Alder from Willow Flycatcher is very difficult as their sizes overlap. Oh well we will have to wait for the BOU decision, which will know doubt take a while.

A small part of the crowd looking for the Red-eyed Vireo

Pink-footed Goose on Penninis Head

Dotterel on the airfield

Red-backed Shrike below the Doctors surgery

Eurasian Siskin, a very confiding individual.

Snow Bunting on Penninis Head

Lapland Bunting also on Penninis

Highlights from the past week.
One 3rd.
The latest birds recorded so far were two 5th.
Firecrest: One in area 26 with the tit flock 7th.
Jackdaw: Twelve flew over.
Ring Ouzel: A male perched briefly on the fence of the old golf and tennis school.
Brambling: Two on 9th.

Todays sightings.

Hobby: One flew north at 7.40am.
Ring Ouzel: A female or juvenile flew north-west at 7.50am.
Brambling: Twelve birds headed NW.
Chaffinch: Two hundred and twenty in flocks NW.
Greenfinch: Fourty in two groups NW.
Siskin: Eight birds seen over and around the park.
Lesser Redpoll: Three birds over.
Meadow Pipit: A group four south-west.
House Martin: One flew south-west.
Chiffchaff: Two birds with the tit flock.