East Soar

My son James and I arrived at 06.50 to find clear skies after a starry night and very light westerly breeze but initial fears were elayed especially when we bumped into birdfinders Aley and Cox at c.07.40. An early Acro' I flushed from juncus proved to be a Sedge Warbler but our next meet, in Starehole Valley, was timed to perfection. As I checked out another Sedge Pete and Steve found a cracking Red-breasted Flycatcher 100m up the valley. The smart 1st w. bird showed well on and off between a sycamore above the rough track up the north side of the valley and the blackthorn below the rocky crags along the top of the valley. Lots of activity in the valley was due to 20+ Chiffchaffs and 10+ Blackcaps. By 15.00 I had noted: 150+ Skylark, 500+ Meadow Pipits all over Bolt Head and the Warren, Yellow Wagtail (1 unseen calling), White Wagtail (1 on Bolt Head), Whinchat (3 juv.s), Wheatear (4 juv.s), Sedge Warbler (2), Blackcap (15+), Chiffchaff (30+ in total), Yellow-browed Warbler (heard once in "the wood" after Pete had glimpsed a possible and before he then saw it in the willow hedge), Goldcrest (just 1 in the RBF sycamore), Siskin (3 along the Bolt Head clifftop), (Lesser) Redpoll (1 over Starehole), Cirl Bunting (1 male singing and family parties). I then left to race Alan Doidge in uploading RBF shots but fearing what else Pete and Steve would find as they headed down Soar Mill Cove!Red-breasted Fly Starehole Soar

Red-breasted Fly Starehole Soar

Posted October 5th, 2013 at 5:32 pm by Steve Young in Bird News