4th September 2014

The easterly airflow of recent days fulfilled its promise this morning in the shape of a Red-breasted Flycatcher in Short Hedge (MJP), and a much better supporting cast of passerines were scattered across the northern area.

Hold the front page - the money shot of this morning's Red-breasted Flycatcher (Mark Pearson)

Hold the front page – the money shot of this morning’s Red-breasted Flycatcher (Mark Pearson)

Five Pied Flycatchers, seven Whinchats, two Redstarts, two Tree Pipits, three Grey Wagtails and a scattering of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers constituted the best day of the autumn thus far on the land. Four Avocets were in the south of the bay early on (KC, NCt), and raptor passage continued with the first Osprey of the autumn (J&TGD), a Marsh Harrier and two Common Buzzards.

Ringing totals from the Top Scrub this morning were as follows: 25 birds (22 new, 3 re-traps) – Chiffchaff 2, Willow Warbler 1, Whitethroat 1, Blackcap 1, Garden Warbler 1, Great Tit 2 (1), Blue Tit 6 (1), Dunnock 3, Wren 1 (1), Greenfinch 3, Sparrowhawk 1

Sparrowhawk (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Sparrowhawk (Lucy Murgatroyd)