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Friday, September 16, 2011

16th September

Common Snipe: one was flushed from a patch of long grass on the open spaces at 7.20am.

Hobby: possibly a very high flying juvenile seemed to be struggling in the stiff breeze.

Sparrowhawk: three birds were in the air together at 11.35am.

Collared Dove: one flew through Queen Mary’s Gardens.

Swallow: 360+ flew through, most of them at a really high altitude.

Sand Martin: a flock of 15 flew SE at 7.05am, which signalled the start of the hirundine passage that started with a rush, slowed up and then another rush was noted mid morning.

House Martin: 210+ flew through.

Tree Pipit: one landed in a tree for around 5 minutes mid morning, before heading off eastwards.

Meadow Pipit: 55 were seen, the passage being lighter than yesterdays.

Grey Wagtail: six birds flew through.

Whinchat: possibly yesterdays bird was seen to fly off at 6.55am.

Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps are still present in reasonable numbers.

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                                 Sparrowhawks

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Ruddy Darter

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