October 17th 2017

Both Monday and Tuesday saw a strong westerly finch flight early on with the majority of the numbers made up of Goldfinch and Linnet, although within that were Siskin, Chaffinch, Brambling and Reed Bunting. I failed to connect with any Hawfinch. Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipit and Skylark were also evident overhead along with a small number of Swallow. 3 Golden Plover also went over along with a Short eared Owl, which came in very high from the east and descended into Shooters Bottom where it was lost from sight. A smart adult Dartford Warbler was in the gorse above Belle Tout wood.


Part of a large flock of Linnet in the fallow field below Belle Tout, somewhere in the region of 200 birds.

A visit to Long Wood produced my second Yellow browed Warbler of the autumn along with a few Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, a single Firecrest and a Wheatear. Belle Tout wood held a similar suit of species along with a noisy band of c10 Long tailed Tit, including some individuals with very prominent breast bands. Frustratingly I had forgotten to replace the SD card in the camera so no pics from the 17th!


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