06:30-12:00. Light variable ( from N-E ) breeze strengthening a little by midday. Bright and sunny, unlike Start no sea mist rolling in ( at least by midday.)

14 Cormorant ( in single flock flew southeast over mid-Soar from inland ), Hobby ( nr. car park late morning ), 2 Kestrel ( hunting together on Bolt Head ), presumed Golden Plover ( heard to call about a dozen times in the course of an hour around mid-Soar / Warren early morning, but not seen. Once or twice called like a cross between a Golden and a Grey Plover - hope it was nothing rarer ! ), 19 Stock Dove, 150 Meadow Pipit, 8 Tree Pipit, 22 Yellow Wagtail, 150 alba Wagtails ( roughly 50% split, White/Pied ), , 150 Swallow, 10 House Martin, Sand Martin, 2 Whinchat, Jay, 59 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 28 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler and 2 Bullfinches.

Around 80% of Wagtails and Wheatears were in the large ploughed fields at mid-Soar. Hirundine numbers looked to be building a little before i left. Interesting the Chiffchaff / Willow Warbler ratio cp Start Point, noticed a difference here before. About half the chiffs at Soar were singing inc several unseen ( no Willows in song ) so this might tilt the figures a little but not a lot. Similarly ( although far smaller numbers at Soar ) the Whitethroat / Blackcap ratio cp Start Point, all interesting stuff.

Posted September 7th, 2014 at 4:56 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News