East to West Soar & Southdown Farm

A ring-ouzel free zone but a 6 hour day was saved by finding a new Yellow-browed Warbler in the valley scrub below Cathole Point and a Merlin hunting Soar Mill Valley. Good numbers of commoner species included 3 Sparrowhawk, 5 Kestrel, 16 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 355 Skylark - many moving east & many grounded, 40 Swallow, 193 Meadow Pipit - mostly moving east, 34 Robin, 2 Whinchat, 7 Blackcap, 38 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 23 Magpie, 114 Carrion Crow, 54 Goldfinch, 240 Linnet & 27 Cirl Bunting inc. a loose flock of 25.

Also 4 Fallow Deer included 2 mature stags ( one ran off ), 56 Red Admiral & a Wall Brown. 

Posted October 15th, 2013 at 5:22 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News