6 September 2015

Moor Barred Warbler: 6 September

Twitched the Staines Moor Barred Warbler today with Peter Alfrey. The warbler, present for its fifth day, showed very well, sunbathing, catching caterpillars, munching on blackberries, and even flew out of the bushes and landed on the open grass a couple of times! The reddish-pink lower mandible was more vivid today - such a good bird! I didn't try very hard to get any photos today, but Pete managed a flight shot (here).

Other birds on Staines Moor included: 5-6 Yellow Wagtail (4 NW and 2 juv around the livestock), 5 Whinchat, 1 imm. m Stonechat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3+ Common Whitethroat (all NW corner), 4(2H) Siskin over, 1 Sedge Warbler (Colne), 1+ juv. Hobby, 2 Sand Martin, 17 Barn Swallow (mainly S), 1 Red Kite W, 2 Common Buzzard S (including a pale individual), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 3(1H) Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 2 Kestrel, 7 Common Pheasant (2f, 5 juv - first evidence of breeding for a while), and 5 Mute Swan (2 ad. 3 juv) on the Colne.

Several Migrant Hawkers, 3m Banded Demoiselle, and several Small Heath were noted, and the Least Water-pepper by the round pond was seen again.

On Stanwell Moor, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Little Owl showed well in the first horse paddock (1 owl sunning itself on the ground with wings fully stretched), 1 juv Hobby over, 21 Northern Lapwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 1H Cetti's Warbler were noted, and over Stanwell Moor village 2 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, and 1 Common Buzzard S.

Record of today's Spotted Flycatchers, Stanwell Moor, 6 September 2015

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