1st October 2015

Short-eared Owl, North Cliff (Mark Pearson)

Short-eared Owl, North Cliff (Mark Pearson)

High pressure continues to dominate, with a misty start soon giving way to a sunny, clear and almost windless day. Just about annual and with no records this year until today, a vocal (but elusive) Firecrest in the west hedge of the Tip was a welcome addition to the year list (JL, MJP), while (presumably) yesterday’s Yellow-browed Warbler was equally elusive in Long Lane (MJP). A Short-eared Owl arrived along North Cliff this evening, and a locally very impressive total of 15 Grey Wagtails moved through during the day.

Chiffchaff, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)

Chiffchaff, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)

A Lapland Bunting (JL) and a Wheatear were in the Top Fields this morning, where 65 Skylarks, 45 Goldfinches and 30 Linnets are congregating; 120 Pink-footed Geese headed south, with single Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Snipe and Dunlin also overhead. Two Buzzards were over the Dams, and totals of 20 Goldcrests, eight Chiffchaffs, eight Coal Tits and 35 Long-tailed Tits were in the northern area.

The FBOG ringing team put in another impressive eight-hour shift from first light, with more modest returns today consisting of Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 3 (1), Meadow Pipit 3, Lesser Redpoll 1, Chaffinch 1, Greenfinch 12, Dunnock 3, Blackbird (1), Wren 1 (1).