Despite the wind strength several common migrant birds were found in a site which offered shelter and feeding.
|Chiffchaff taking time out to preen at Threxton 16/09/13|
100+ House Martins
2 Marsh Tit
3 Meadow Pipit (high west)
In windy conditions, birds like to seek shelter where they can feed and rest in relative comfort. One of my regularly visited sites in Threxton is a densely wooded deep pit which offered the necessary shelter for migrants this morning. Deep down in the pit and out of the wind was Blackcap (female feeding), Chiffchaffs, and a pair of Marsh Tits, the pictured Chiffchaff was seen in an Elder where it was seen preening. A male Blackcap was heard singing.
A few House Martins passed overhead and a single Swallow weaved lower down through the trees and bushes closer to me.
Also noted in the area was Chaffinches, a few Linnets, Goldfinches, and a calling Treecreeper.
Further along the lane back at the sewage treatment works 100+ House Martins swarmed around the area picking off insects, these Hirundines themselves attracted the attention of a single Hobby which flew through low and fast intent on taking a bird.