19 September 2014

More Whinchats at the patch

On Staines Moor today; another 3 Whinchat flycatching in the NW corner (its been an excellent autumn for Whinchat - see below), 3 Stonechat in the NW corner, 5 Yellow Wagtail by the Colne around the cattle, 1 Sedge Warbler along the Colne, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Snipe on the east pool, 2 Little Grebe on the Colne (first of the winter), 1 Cetti's Warbler seen briefly in the NE corner along Bonehead Ditch, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk. 2+ Kestrel, 1 Reed Bunting. Overhead: c20 Eurasian Wigeon E, 3 Barn Swallow, 1+ Common Buzzard N and 1 Pied Wagtail NW. Lots of mating pairs of Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum ovipositing, and a male Common Blue Polyommatus icarus also noted.

Stanwell Moor produced 1 Reed Warbler, 2+ Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 5+(1H) Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest in a tit flock.

Autumn 2014 has seen large numbers of Whinchat passing through both coastal and inland sites (yes, even in Surrey!). On 6
September Rob Innes had 11 on Staines Moor, equalling the highest site count of 11 on 10 September 2002, and an amazing
 14 were reported at Richmond Park, Surrey on 1 September.
(BirdTrack: http://blx1.bto.org/bt-dailyresults/results/s354-20-14.html (Accessed 19 September 2014))

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