18 September 2011

Passage migrants at Staines Moor

A reasonable number of common migrants around this afternoon. A Whinchat (poor record shot below) associating with 5 Northern Wheatear (photo 2) on the open grassland on Staines Moor was the highlight, where 11 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark and 40 Goldfinch were also logged. In the bushes 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat, 15 Chiffchaff and 8 Blackcap (gorging themselves on blackberries) were seen, and overhead a light trickle of hirundines heading south in a very light westerly totalled 76 Barn Swallow, 15 House Martin and a Sand Martin. Also seen were 10 Linnet, and a Little Egret and Kingfisher along the Colne.

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