thirteenth Oct – An outstanding day of seen migration

An outstanding day for seen migration, with Millcombe full of the sound of Redwings from earlier than first mild. A conservative complete of 1,000 was logged, the good majority of which had been in and round Millcombe earlier than 09.00 hrs. It was such a nonetheless morning that we had been capable of hear the sound of air dashing via the wings of Redwings and Track Thrushes as they plummeted into the valley from nice peak. Each species went from zero on twelfth to 1,000 and 65, respectively right now! Different species passing via in numbers included Meadow Pipit (400), Skylark (70), Linnet (200), Siskin (250) and Goldfinch (80). Amongst them had been a late Tree Pipit, a Brambling, a Greenfinch, a Mistle Thrush, a Ring Ouzel, two Black Redstarts, three Wheatears, two Lapland Buntings, and a Snow Bunting.There have been two Jack Snipe and 6 Widespread Snipe at Pondsbury, and a excessive depend of 19 Mallard (16 at Barton Pond, three at Pondsbury). Different waterbirds included single Golden Plover, Ringed Plover and Dunlin, 19 Oystercatchers, two Teal and a Cormorant. Warblers comprised 20 Blackcaps, the presumed eastern-race Lesser Whitethroat, a Widespread Whitethroat (carrying a hoop, so an area retrap), 15 Chiffchaff (together with at the least one presumed tristis, Millcombe walled gardens), and single Willow Warbler and Yellow-browed Warbler (each ringed). Goldcrests had been much less quite a few than on twelfth at 35, however there was a small inflow of three Firecrests. A possible Purple-throated Pipit was heard calling amongst a flock of Meadow Pipits in Tent Subject and South West Subject throughout the late morning, however the flock was dispersed by the attentions of each Peregrine and Merlin. What was doubtless the identical hen was heard over Millcombe a short while later however neither occasion was definitive.Presumed ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff P. c. tristis, Millcombe 13 Oct © Tim JonesRinging complete 60, comprising: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 13 Blackcap, 2 Firecrest, 15 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing, 1 Blackbird, 6 Robin, 1 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch and 6 Siskin.Data contributed by Chris & Carol Baillie, Richard Campey, Tim Davis, James Diamond, Rob Duncan, Paul Holt, Andy Jayne, Tim Jones and Jac Turner-Moss. 

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