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Monday, 23 September 2019

17th to 20th Sep – First Lesser Redpoll and Ring Ouzel, and second Lapland Bunting of autumn

Warden Dean Jones sends the latest autumn update.

Tuesday 17th September

Much quieter on the bird front on an overcast day with stiff north-easterlies.

Sightings include 50 Gannet, the male and female Sparrowhawk, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Kestrel, 18 Skylark, 100 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 35 Goldcrest, 3 Robin, 1 Stonechat, just 10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch and 50 Linnet.

Wednesday 18th September

An absolutely glorious day of sunshine, slight north-easterlies and a diversity of migrants. Highlights include the first Ring Ouzel of the autumn which dropped into the Sycamores below Bramble Villas in the mid-morning. Hirundines also put on a spectacular show from about 11:30 onwards with an estimated 3,200 Swallow, 13 Sand Martin and 500 House Martin passing the island throughout the day – a truly breath-taking sight!

Other sightings of note include a Teal on Pondsbury, a single flyover Grey Heron, the male and female Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail calling from Smelly Gully,  2 Golden Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 6 Woodpigeon, 2 Kestrel, 18 Skylark, 20 Willow Warbler, 50 Chiffchaff, a Grasshopper Warbler flushed from some nettles next to the Lambing Shed, at least 70 Blackcap, a single Garden Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, a Firecrest in the Terrace Willows, 20 Goldcrest, a whopping 20 Spotted Flycatchers, a Pied Flycatcher on the Battlements, 4 Robin, a Whinchat on South West Point, 7 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail over Brick Field, a flyover Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtails and 6 unidentified alba wagtails, 3 Tree Pipit, 162 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch and 30 Linnet.

Thursday 19th September

Another glorious day of sunshine though the cool easterly winds had picked up a bit from the previous day.

Highlights were the first 2 Lesser Redpoll of the autumn and another stunning Ring Ouzel, this time in VC Quarry in the afternoon.

Other sightings of note include 2 Common Scoter past North End, a Golden Plover, a Water Rail, the male and female Sparrowhawk, a Merlin, 4 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 200 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 15 Willow Warbler, 30 Chiffchaff, 25 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 10 Goldcrest, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Stonechat, a Whinchat in Brick Field, 6 Chaffinch and 6 Goldfinch.

Friday 20th September

A lovely clear, sunny day with strong south-easterly winds throughout.

Much trickier for birding today, though there were still some nice birds out there for those willing to brave the winds. Highlight of the day was the second Lapland Bunting of the autumn calling loudly over the Village at 08:15.

Other sightings logged included a Water Rail calling from Quarters Pond, the male and female Sparrowhawk, 5 Woodpigeon, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, 12 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 100 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 6 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 10 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 unidentified alba wagtails, 20 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch and 65 Linnet.

Report composed of sightings by Keith Dean, Paul Dean, Chris Dee, Dean Jones, Sue Sabin, Jan Swan and Martin Thorne.

Grasshopper Warbler, High Street, 17th Sep © Dean Jones
Spotted Flycatcher, 19th Sep © Martin Thorne
Spotted Flycatcher hiding from the strong SE wind near Benjamin's Chair, 20th Sep © Dean Jones

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