2nd Oct 2015 – Continental Coal Tits

Weather continues fine with a stiff east wind.

I spent some time at Birling Lane this morning where I had seen both ater race Coal Tit and a Treecreeper the previous evening. No sign of the Treecreeper but there was a minimum of 2 Coal Tits present. Whilst photographing them, c80 Siskin c30 Goldfinch and a Redpoll went over east. 4 Goldcrest and a Firecrest were also present in the trees at the top of the lane. I’m going to St Agnes, the Isle of Scilly this evening, so will be away again until the 17th October.

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Coal Tit, race ater.

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This invasion has been well reported as it’s spread west across Europe. In some cases involving 1000’s of birds. Although it’s not been until this week that birds have reached the UK.

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I’d been interested to know the point of origin of these birds and distances travelled. I wonder whether the same climatic conditions & subsequent crop failures have also triggered the big movement of Siskin this autumn?.

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Not sure if the amount of black differs from our britannicus birds. There seems to be more extensive markings on either side of the breast on these birds.

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They also came onto the ground to collect seeds dislodged whilst foraging above.

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“I didn’t come all this way to share the pine seeds with you!”

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