06:50-13:30; Warren / Bolt Head / East Soar / Mid Soar.

Clear night, bright sunny day though light - moderate NW wind chilly first thing.

Got there before first light  to get out to the Warren to catch the vis. mig. Early start rewarded with a calling Green Sandpiper near the car park, perhaps an elusive resident at present as i heard one hear 10 days or so back. Also a Little Owl calling in the distance from the bunker direction - not seen one here for years so an encouraging record. The vis. mig never took off, best were 2 Brambling and a Lesser Redpoll, ( i've always called them Lesser by default but many more post like Matt's and i'll have to toe the line and go for Redpoll sp i guess ). Elsewhere saw the first woodpigeon movement of the year- 380 SE in three flocks ( early start this year ?)Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtails, 8 House Martins, 56 Swallows, 2 Wheatears, 2 Blackcaps, 12 Chiffchaffs, 21 Goldcrests, 13 Jays, 28 Siskins and a Reed Bunting. Loads of Skylarks and Linnets in the ploughed fields at Mid Soar.

 The days two highlights were yesterdays Wryneck showing well in the same place and a Yellow-browed Warbler in east Soar Willows. The one that got away was a wader, almost certainly a Buff-breasted Sandpiper or Ruff in a ploughed field at Mid -Soar, too distant and through a heat haze to know which. Did not get much closer when it took off with a load of Larks and i could not relocate it. Like the song by The Eels in Shrek said......' you just gotta let it go '.

Posted October 14th, 2012 at 2:47 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News