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Thursday, September 22, 2011

22nd September

Since the 19th bird movement through and over the park has been fairly slow, with the same few species being recorded but in lower numbers.

Today with the wind abating a bit I was hoping for a slight improvement. The wind direction was still from a westerly direction, so not the best and today followed the same pattern as in previous days. The rail ditch has been cut so with luck we should soon see a Water Rail or two sneaking in and out of the reeds. 

Swallow: 90 passed through.

Meadow Pipit: 35 over.

Yellow Wagtail: 1 west.

Grey Wagtail: 5 over, plus two regular birds in area 1.

Chiffchaff: 12 birds seen in area 32 and 39.

Blackcap: 6 seen or heard.

Siskin: 6 over.

Lesser Redpoll: 1 flew south-west at 7.25am.

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Chiffchaffs at this time of year seem to all be different in colour.

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This Stock Dove has a slightly strange plumage pattern on its crown and right wing.

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Ruddy Darter

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I am off to Norfolk for a long weekend, so anyone birding in the park please leave me details of any interesting sightings.

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