24 October 2014

Another Ring Ouzel

Very little vis mig today but managed a few good sightings nevertheless. The highlight was a 1st winter female Ring Ouzel picked up circling high over the east side of Staines Moor at 13:34, and dropping down onto the top of the tallest bare tree along the north end of Bonehead Ditch. After reappearing in another bare tree the bird flew and wasn't seen again.

Other passage overhead included 1 Common Snipe S, 1 Mistle Thrush SW, 3 Reed Bunting S, 9 Linnet S, 1 Chaffinch S, 2 Skylark S, 17 Goldfinch (10S, 7N), 4 Stock Dove (2W, 2E), c80 Woodpigeon (mainly SW). Also a small fall of c12 Song Thrush in the hawthorns in the NW corner included 2+ Fieldfare, 5 Redwing and 7 Blackbird, before eventually moving off south.

Along the Colne, 1 Green Sandpiper flew off SW early morning, 1+ Water Pipit, 14 Canada Goose (unusual here nowadays) grazing along the bank of the Colne before being flushed by a dog walker, 2+ Grey Wagtail, 2+ Pied Wagtail, 3 Little Egret and 2 Little Grebe. Also noted: 9 (4m, 5f) Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler showed well along Bonehead Ditch, 2 Common Buzzard along Bonehead Ditch, 21 Skylark, 8 Greenfinch, and another 20 Goldfinch.

Stanwell Moor added 2m Tufted Duck W, 6 Northern Shoveler E, another Goldcrest and Chiffchaff, and a flock of 46 Goldfinch along the footpath beside King George VI Reservoir.

Today's 1st winter female Ring Ouzel

Weather: Cloudy (7-8 oktas), WSW wind.

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