I decided to visit a beautiful area of Merton, about a mile from home, to check the very dense Bramble/Hawthorn scrub and ancient hedgerows. This one small area produced:
30+ Tree Sparrows
3 Song Thrush (one departed high south-west)
Merton has always been a traditional site for Tree Sparrows and breeding does occur at the location visited today. Nationally, this is now a rare bird, therefore, I feel honoured to have this beautiful bird on the patch.
Of interest was the presence of 3 Song Thrushes, one of which departed at height to the south-west, undoubtedly a migrant bird.
|Cormorants at height heading south over Watton|
Around about mid-day I was in the garden, looking up I saw these 4 very high Cormorants flying in a southerly heading.
British Cormorants tend to disperse locally, however, Northern European birds do migrate. Given the height of these Cormorants I think it is very likely that these were Northern birds on passage.
Threxton (late afternoon/sunset)
On this visit I walked the ancient lane between the church and Woodcock Hall with the purpose of finding migrants along the various ditches, however, I could not see any on this occasion.
The sewage treatment works at Threxton is where I decided to spend some time. These wonderful habitats offer food and shelter to resident and migrant birds and today the following was of interest:
10+ Stock Doves
30+ Collared Doves
Sparrowhawk (female) upsetting the Stock Doves
20+ Long-tailed Tits
With the sun setting fast, many Blackbirds (20+) started to arrive at the sewage works, some flew circuits, others called from the tops of the Leylandii shelter belt. European Blackbirds are seen in sometimes vast numbers passing over, however, this generally occurs in November. I think these are local birds that were arriving at the works to roost in the dense cover of the Leylandii.
Also as light began to fade a flock of 20+ Long-tailed Tits flew directly into the thick Leylandii cover to roost.