25 October 2012


A few hours vis migging from dawn at Staines Moor found a little movement in light easterlies, heavy cloud and intermittent drizzly rain. Birds overhead included 27 Dark-bellied Brent Geese led by a single Eurasian Wigeon E at 08:55 (they appeared to come off Wraysbury Reservoir), 2-3 Swallow (S), 31 Fieldfare N, 25+ Redwing (N & E), 13 redpoll (mainly S), 3 Siskin N, 6 Chaffinch N, 4 Linnet N, 1 Grey Wagtail E, 5 alba wagtails (mainly E), 1 Reed Bunting S, 8 Skylark (mainly S), 8 Meadow Pipit (inc. 3 on the deck), c100 Starling S and 1 Mistle Thrush N.

27 Brent Geese over Staines Moor led by a Eurasian Wigeon

An 'alba' wagtail (honest!). The flanks look clean white to me (click to enlarge).
White Wag? Who knows?

On the ground 5 more Reed Bunting were around the hawthorns, as well as 3 Song Thrush, 8 Blackbird, lots of Robins, c100 Wood Pigeon and 9 Goldfinch. The pair of Stonechat were still present around the new fence along with 1 Grey Wagtail still along the Colne, and a small flock of Blue and Great Tits along the old railway included 1 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest.

1st winter male Reed Bunting

Seemingly every bush holds a Robin at the moment

Other bits seen include 1 Common Snipe, 1 Little Egret on the Colne, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk and 1f Kestrel. Also noted on adjacent Stanwell Moor were 8 Redwing, 1f Blackcap, 4 Teal, 7 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff (H) and 1 Redpoll over N.


  1. Brilliant Brents- love em overland. 6 at the farm today, also 6 Little Gulls and 8 GP. Good day across London

  2. Lee - nice one on getting shots of the Brents! As they went over I managed to scope them and at the time thought I had a couple of counts of 28. Always difficult on a flock going over and changing formation! Otherwise six Stonechats showed during my trudge round.


    1. Hi Ken, I also counted 28 at the time, but in all my photos there are only 27. I think I was counting the Wigeon as the 28th. Good count of Stonechat.