Thursday, 16 October 2008

Some More Productive Vis Mig

Axe Cliff again this morning, 07:45 - 10:00. Despite the cloud and slight drizzle good numbers of birds were on the move, all west.

Full totals are: 2 Mute Swans, 9 Golden Plovers (1 U-turned, then a flock of 8 flew SW), 1 Dunlin, 127 Skylarks, 1 House Martin, 68 alba Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 167 Meadow Pipits, 2 Starling, 1 Dunnock, 743 Chaffinches, 1 Brambling, 52 Greenfinches, 198 Linnets, 25 Goldfinches, 21 Siskins, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Crossbills and 7 Reed Buntings. The Crossbills today were the best 'vis mig' ones I've seen as they flew west along the cliff-edge below eye-level, showing themselves as a male and two female/immatures. They were though the least vocal out of all the ones I've seen this autumn, giving just two audible 'chups'.

There were again good numbers of Goldcrests, plus a few Chiffchaffs and Song Thrushes in the under cliff, the latter having a hard time from the two Sparrowhawks that were patrolling back and forth!

1 comment:

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