Wednesday 14 October 2009

The Ultimate Flushing Machine...

I actually had an enjoyable few hours birding this morning, autumn is certainly in full swing! But I'll start with the title...

From the farm gate late morning, this had roughly the same effect as a White-tailed Eagle would as it soared up and down the valley...

It was roughly the same size as a White-tailed Eagle too!

160 Teal, 20 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 40 Snipe and everything else within a ten mile diameter went mad when it came over - quite useful really! Also whilst here, two Siskin and 12 Redwing flew through, with another two Redwing in the field behind.

Earlier in the morning, I spent 07:50 - 08:50 stood at the Spot On Kiosk. Over the sea two Shoveler (fems), two Teal, eight Common Scoter, three Common Gull (2 ad, 1 1st wint; first of autumn) one Med Gull (1W), one Sandwich Tern and one Razorbill provided some excitement.

Over the land wasn't too bad either, with the following totals entering my notebook (well, scrap of paper!): 16 Rook, 12 Jackdaw, 4 Redwing, 2 Starling, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (landed on a telegraph pole in the middle of town!), 18 Skylark, 42 Pied Wags, 3 Grey Wags, 10 Meadow Pipits, 1 Great Tit (!?!) 32 Linnets, 16 Chaffinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Reed Bunts. This was enough to give me the vis mig bug again, so be warned....

Lastly at Lower Bruckland Ponds the female Tufted Duck remains. There were several Chiffs here too including one with no trace of yellow or green in it's plumage at for a rainy day!

Am working a day shift tomorrow, but have Friday off....


  1. Nice list,love seeing Redwings.
    Looks like winter's here,which is great.
    Lots of old and new birds to see.

  2. Hi John,

    I hope to be posting another nice long list of bird sightings this time tomorrow...

    Wish me luck!

    Steve : )