Berry Hd

What an incredible few hours arriving on site - I had just started to log hundreds of mostly Redwing but also many Song Thrush passing overhead when my telephone rang (just as 3 Ring Ouzel plummeted out of the sky and landed in asome blackthorn next to the Cafe), Josh was ringing to say he and BMc had just found a  Great Grey Shrike at the lighthouse, I arrived just in time to have a good look before it flew off low - not to be seen again! Totals were: 6,000+ Redwing, 220+ Song Thrush, 6 Ring Ouzel, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 15 House Martin, 5 Swallows, 9 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipits, 4 'alba' Wagtails. Around the rest of the headland: 2 Merlin, 6 Chiffchaff (including one non calling tristis type), 4 Goldcrest, 4 Stonechat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap.

The count of Redwing is very conservative there could have been up to 10,000 the large flocks were in 'layers' not only above the headland but also to the North and South as well.   

Posted October 16th, 2013 at 2:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News