27 September 2014

A harrier at the patch at last!

A really enjoyable autumn day at Staines Moor today (27 September) with a patch tick and a species count record! The highlight was a Marsh Harrier low west over the east side of the moor at 1543 before turning north then circling and gaining height over Wraysbury Reservoir and drifting off NE. A harrier over the moor has been a long time coming for me. An amazing 18+ Stonechat (11 in the NW corner, 2 in the SE corner and 5 in the SW corner, and including 6+ males) is a new site record - beating the previous highest count of 14 on 8 October 2008.

Some light passage overhead this morning including 3 Eurasian Wigeon E, 4 Barn Swallow S, 8 alba Wagtail S, 11 Skylark E, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (4NE, 1W) and 6 Jay (mainly SW). Migrants on the ground included 1 Grey Wagtail (flew off NE from the Colne), 55+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Common Whitethroat, 8+ Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. 1 Water Rail calling from the reeds in the middle of the Colne is probably a winter visitor.

Also 3 Linnet, 2+H Cetti's Warbler (1+ along the Colne and 1 Butts Pond), 1+ Kingfisher, 3+ Reed Bunting, 2+ Common Buzzard, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, a juvenile Song Thrush and quite a lot of Robin noted.

1 Clouded Yellow Colias croceus shot past in the NW corner and a Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas was on The Butts.

2nd yr or adult female Marsh Harrier, Staines Moor, 27 September 2014

Female Stonechat - one of at least 18 present at Staines Moor today - a new site record!

Juvenile Song Thrush moulting into 1st winter plumage at Staines Moor today

1 comment:

  1. A cracking patch day Lee - what it's all about. Nice one.