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Monday, October 17, 2011

17th October

The clear blue skies over the weekend and again this morning made it very difficult to pick out many birds on migration as they flew over the park. So the expected arrival of birds from the continent possibly went on, but unseen by me. The only birds of note on Saturday were 1 Swallow, 17 Lesser Redpolls and 8 Siskins. Sunday was even worse with only the odd Redpoll and a few Song Thrushes.

Todays news wasn’t much different with the exception of.

Common Crossbill: 2m flew SW over the old golf and tennis, area 39 at 9.35am.

Redwing: one was feeding on berries in the Hawthorn hedge and the fruit trees behind area 39.

Blackbird: 14 were feeding in the same area as the Redwing, more than likely these were birds from the continent.

Jackdaw: 7 birds flew through, 4 SW and 3 NW.

Meadow Pipit: 6 singles flew over.

Lesser Redpoll: 2 singles flew over.

Siskin: 3 flew SW.

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Common Crossbill: not the best photo, but I had little time to focus on it.

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Redwing (above) and Blackbird (below) feeding in the area 39.

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Blackbird female on passage

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One of the 7 Jackdaws that passed overhead

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Jays are very active going to and fro collecting acorns

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Another aerial dog fight takes place high overhead

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Great spotted Woodpecker coming into land

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