Start Point

Unseasonably warm, pleasant day. Some overnight rain, moderate to fresh S-SE wind.

Redwings and a few Song Thrushes heard passing over my house in West Charleton in the night. Not surprised to hear many of each calling when i arrived at Start Point in thedark at 06:10. They all seemed to dissapear before it got light.

Did a vis mig watch from near the car park, 06:45-10:30, all birds south-southwest. 1150 Woodpigeons ( then at least twice that number flying northwest no doubt including the ones first seen, i think Woodpigeons are spaced out and don't know what they are doing ), 80 Stock Dove, 130 Skylark, 80 Meadow Pipit, 50 alba Wagtails, 10 Jackdaw, 17 Starling, 60 Greenfinch, 130 Linnet, 330 Chaffinch, 1070 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Brambling, 4 Siskin and 4 Reed Buntings. Like Berry Head the Cirls were a bit aerial at times but none out to sea.

Elsewhere Common Scoter ( still in bay below light ), female Merlin ( hassling the finches ), Mediterranean Gull, 3 Black Redstarts ( lighthouse compound ), Ring Ouzel ( heard only near Car Park ), 3 Chiffchaff, Pied Flycatcher ( late bird in tamarisk below light ) and 2 more Siskins.

On the way home had a quick look at South Hallsands, 2 Black Redstarts on the roofs.

 

Pied Flycatcher, nothing like a very late migrant for making you nervous.
Pied Flycatcher, nothing like a very late migrant for making you nervous.

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 5:18 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News