|Double hedgerow at Houghton 17/09/15|
|Migrant Whitethroat at Houghton 17/09/15|
It was clear that several Whitethroats and Blackcaps were present in good numbers (both species in double figures), and judging be their behaviour, they were arrivals given their need to feed.
A few Chiffchaffs were present also, but Whitethroats and Blackcaps were the more numerous species.
Common species seen in the hedgerow included many Dunnocks, Wrens, lots of Blue Tits, and Coal Tits.
Overhead, small numbers of Meadow Pipits passed over and Siskins were also on the move but in lesser numbers. A small party of Siskins arrived in the churchyard and remained for a while before continuing their journey.
Lynford Water (mid-afternoon)
|Lynford Water 17/09/15|
The first birds seen on todays visit was 12+ Crossbills flying around the treetops nearby.
The most abundant Warbler species present was Chiffchaff with many calling birds around the periphery of the lake.
On the water was a pair of Mute Swans with 2 young, a Great Crested Grebe, and small numbers of Gadwall.
An area of scrub habitat held Song Thrush and Blackbird.
Saturday 19th September looks like a settled day with fine conditions and light Northerly winds. I will be visiting my migration watchpoint at Houghton before sunrise until lunchtime. I am predicting significant movements of Pipits and Finches. The hedgerows will probably hold good numbers of migrant Warbler species. Later in the morning Raptors may well be on the move. Also, Wader species may be heading west, hopefully this may include Whimbrel.
This could well be a good day.
|Pressure chart for 0100 on Saturday 19th September|