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Sunday, October 17, 2010

17th October

Not quite the clear skies that were forecast yesterday to start the day. Cloud eventually began to move of to the NW and a few birds began to move, nothing really significant until!

Hoopoe: While watching a party of 4 Magpies heading over the park at 8.50am, they suddenly deviated and gained height. What appeared to be their intended victim was a little bit higher and in front of them. I had a double take, it couldn’t be. Large rounded black and white wings, buff coloured body and a long bill. I hastily grabbed the telescope and tripod and was amazed to see a Hoopoe heading slightly away from me towards the SW. It must have seen the pursuers coming as it looked agitated, with head raised and flapping fairly quickly. Though a medium sized bird it would have been no competition if the Magpies had made up the ground. Fortunately they were on a slightly different course and headed off westwards. I watched as the bird headed off and in to the distance, superb.

Skylark: one flew east.

Meadow Pipit: eight singles, one landed briefly.

Pied Wagtail: seven birds in ones and two’s.

Redwing: six flew west.

Chaffinch: one hundred and forty in small parties headed mainly NW.

Brambling: two singles were picked out amongst the Chaffinches.

Common/Meally Redpoll: two were briefly in the trees in the Leaf Yard Wood, area 41.

Lesser Redpoll: four birds a pair and two singles.

Siskin: 22 birds in small groups.

Magpie: fourteen birds in small groups and flying quite high, were definitely not local birds.

Chiffchaff: two by my garden.


 One of the high fliers 


The Urban Birder said...


Anything truly can turn up anywhere at anytime!

Well done mate!

Tony Duckett said...

Cheers Dave.

I take it you are no longer marooned on the Azores. I am off to the extreme SW of the UK on Saturday. I hopefully we will have a couple of good blows. I haven't been able to do any sea watching so far this autumn.

Mark said...


What a great bird, Shame you did not get a shot of it,

Good spot Mate.

Tony Duckett said...

Cheers Mark.

The weather up until then had not been that bright, and the camera was at home. As you know that is sods law.