Managed to spend the first few hours of today on Axe Cliff, which was nice. As I've not been able to get out much during the mornings so far this autumn, Axe Cliff has been frustratingly under watched - well not watched at all as far as I'm aware. But still, better late than never...
|Looking west. I took this photo from the spot I did most the 'vis migging' from today.|
I timed my first visit of the autumn here with the first big push of Meadow Pipits, a sure sign that we have moved into (what I call) the mid-autumn period. Flock after flock were flying low west over the field pictured above, with many staying tight to the cliff edge. Most flocks were in the 10-20 region, but there were a couple of 30's and one of c45. I counted up until 8am and noted the following;
360 Meadow Pipit
7 Tree Pipit
5 pipit sp. (flew like Tree's but remained frustratingly silent)
3 alba Wagtail
|Off they go! Mipits moving west with Beer Head in the background|
Despite the passage overhead it was disappointing to see all the fields so empty - often on big Mipit days many of them land and feed here, but not today. In fact there weren't many grounded migrants about at all, just one Wheatear, two Whitethroats and eight Chiffchaffs noted.
On the way home I was going to stop off at Axmouth to see if the lingering Osprey was fishing - but there was literally no space! Fingers crossed we see it on the Birdwatch Special Tram tomorrow morning.
|A busy Coronation Corner!|