Spent a lovely day at Prawle from 7.20am till 3pm in the sunshine with little or no breeze . Plenty of birds around the car park and at Bunkers : Chiffchaffs (37), Blackcaps (19) and Robins (19) with movement of Swallows and Meadow Pipits overhead . So from 8.45 till 10am I undertook my first viz mig of the autumn at the Hump where I was mesmerized by the spectacle of hundreds of Pipits, Linnets and Hirundines swirling east ad west and south .

(Under) Estimated totals : Meadow Pipits 480 ; Linnets  220 ; Swallows 385 ; House Martins  150 ( strangely no Sand Martins identified) ; Goldfinches  100 ; Skylarks  41 ; Chaffinches  20. Oddity value provided by the 1st year female Great Spotted Woodpecker jumping between fence posts and then chased off by a Meadow Pipit.

Back at the reserve 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a Goldcrest (my first sighting of the autumn this year) but I didn’t relocate Pat’s Reed Warbler. Just 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Alba Wagtail. At the top of Merrimore Lane (leading to Pig’s Nose Valley) : 1 female Redstart,1 Whinchat and 2 very bright male Wheatears.  In the valley 16 Blackcaps, 18 Chiffchaffs ,1 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail and 1 Sparrowhawk. Also 5 Clouded Yellows, Small Copper, 2 Wall Browns and several Red Admirals and Peacocks. Sadly I missed the Wryneck located by Anne and Jo near the gate leading to the path from Pig’s Nose Valley into Ashpark Lane.


Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 11:41 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding