3 October 2014

Black Tern over Staines Moor - a site first

Despite unfavourable vis mig conditions skywatching produced a surprise first for Staines Moor - an adult Black Tern over west towards Wraysbury Reservoir. Frustratingly, I didn't notice it until was flying away from me and didn't get a photo. Black Tern becomes the 192nd bird species to be recorded at Staines Moor.

Light passage overhead this morning for an hour or so after the fog cleared included 2 White Wagtail S, 52 Eurasian Wigeon E (with at least some dropping down onto King George VI Reservoir), 4-5 Grey Wagtail (mainly S with 2 briefly dropping onto the northern footbridge over the Colne), 1 1st yr Hobby S, 5 Barn Swallow S, 28 Skylark (mainly S) and 2 Reed Bunting S.

Highlights on the ground: 1 Yellow Wagtail flying off W from the Colne, 9 (5m, 4f) Stonechat, c46 Meadow Pipit, 4(1H) Chiffchaff, several Blackbird and Song Thrush gorging on hawthorn berries, 2-3 Common Snipe, 4+ Linnet, 1 Kingfisher, another 2 Reed Bunting, 15+ Mallard on the Colne (a high count here nowadays), 4 Jackdaw (fairly scarce here) and 3 Grey Heron.

5 Kestrel, 2 Red Kite and 1-2 Eurasian Sparrowhawk were also logged, and also notable was a light southerly movement of Red Admirals Vanessa atalanta across the Moor from midday (with at least 11 seen), and a Red Fox.

Stanwell Moor added 1+ Common Buzzard and 1(H) Cetti's Warbler.

Some of the 52 Eurasian Wigeon moving over east today

Weather: Light SW wind, sunny, fairly warm, fog early morning.

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