Thurlestone area

Swallows and meadow pipits were the obvious visual movement of the day. The latter were coming in off the sea, mainly in 2's and 3's but one flock of 36 picked up. Numbers subsequently built up on the stubble field next to South Milton Ley such that the flock was 100+ and a day estimate of 170 is probably low. Swallows were coming and going all day with flocks moving both ways along the coast e.g. 30+ across the bay west around 10.00 and 60+ south east inland at around 10.30 whilst over a 100 fed across South Huish. In all an estimate of over 250 birds involved - only 5 House martins. On the marshes, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 24 Teal, 1 Wigeon and 1 Shoveler. Skylarks trickled in throughout the morning to around 20 in total.

Warblers were initally scarce but eventually found 6-7 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcap, 6-7 Goldcrests and 1 Willow warbler (including those being ringed by Alan P). Whilst chatting with Alan, my first Redwing of the autumn flew over. 

Posted October 8th, 2015 at 7:18 pm in Bird News