12th September 2016

Having missed quality days both today and yesterday, I had a quick look this evening in overcast conditions after a bright sunny day. Wind light from the east.


I had the briefest of looks in Shooters Bottom. A total of 52 Yellow Wagtail went over before dusk. As a bird I take to be a diurnal migrant, I find it a regular occurrence to see them moving with purpose at dusk and I’m at a loss to explain why. A small party of Meadow Pipit also followed. On the ground were the usual mix of warblers. 8 Blackcaps along with 12 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff,  3 Reed Warbler and 1 possibly two Grasshopper Warbler flushed.

Matt Eade had what was probably the third Wryneck of the autumn near the pub yesterday and John Cooper had the first Ring Ouzel of the season in the old trapping area this morning.


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