Pre-dawn to 0800: I arrived at Houghton this morning in semi-darkness, it was dry although varying levels of cloud gave poor light. The moderate southerly wind was not conducive to passage, despite this, it was clear there was some Thrush arrivals scattered over the area covered this morning.
My visit started with a Barn Owl hunting over an area of permanent grassland/grazing. The silent ghostly image of the Owl reminded me of stories of apparitions seen at this locality. A hunting Barn Owl in low light could certainly fit the bill for those inclined to believe.
|The beautiful old hedgerow which hosted many Song Thrushes 1st October|
Walking along a corridor of hedgerows brought further Song Thrushes and my only Blackcap of the morning. Overhead, a very light southerly passage of Meadow Pipits was noted.
Back at where I started the mornings walk, light had improved with a large break in the cloud and I decided to watch an old, well stocked hedge around the grassland where I had earlier seen the Barn Owl. This beautiful thick hedgerow comprising very old Hawthorn, Elder, Ash, and a superb large bank of Bramble, played host to many Song Thrushes passing through it along with several Blackbirds, and a couple of Mistle Thrushes. In an ancient Hawthorn 2 Goldcrests were seen.
30+ Song Thrushes in total were seen and heard in total this morning, clearly, these are recently arrived continental migrants.