Tuesday, 4 October 2016

October Dawns

A gorgeous sunrise this morning, this was the view from my bedroom window...

Birding-wise, autumn has moved on some more, with a noticeable increase in Song Thrush, Robin and Goldcrest numbers over the last few days.  The wading bird situation is still a bit samey, with Black Hole Marsh this morning showing;

1 Grey Plover
16 Dunlin
77 Redshank
2 Bar-tailed Godwit
1 Common Sandpiper

We've had a Yelow-browed Warbler too, at the weekend.  Colyford resident Peter Vernon was quick with his camera when he spotted a small crest/warbler in his garden on Saturday, through a steamed up kitchen window...

(c) Peter Vernon
(c) Peter Vernon

Well done Peter! Hopefully there will be many more to come.

Yesterday Axe Cliff was completely blown out, but there were stacks of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks about, with a Siskin and a couple of Reed Bunting over the only slight oddities. A couple of Ringed Plover were on the beach, but the wader situation on the Estuary was exactly the same as this morning.

Although this wind looks like it is going to be too strong for the rest of this week to really get amongst it, considering the amount of birds arriving on the east coast and the northern isles at the moment we should be in for a good few weeks. I imagine my first Redwings are just a few days (or nights) away.

Hopefully October turns out to be more fruitful than September was...

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