23 September 2015

Staines Moor: 23 September

Spent the afternoon birding and botanising at Staines Moor with Andrew Proudfoot. Migrant numbers were much reduced, but grounded migrants included a brief 1st-winter Spotted Flycatcher in the north-west corner, 6 Stonechat (2m, 1f, 3 juv) - 5 on the west side and 1m in the SE corner, 8+ Yellow Wagtail around the livestock, and c.40 Meadow Pipit on the west side. Overhead, 1 ad. Peregrine E, 1(H) redpoll sp., 1 Siskin SW (and another heard), 1 Linnet SW, 10 Meadow Pipit (8SW, 2N), 1+ Sand Martin, 30+ House Martin SW, c30 Barn Swallow (mostly SW but many lingering) and 1 Grey Heron high E.

Also noted were 2 Little Egret, 1+ 1st-W Hobby, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 3+ Common Buzzard (including the pale bird), 3 Red Kite, 1 Reed Bunting, 8+ Skylark and the Goldfinch flock (not counted today).

1st-W Spotted Flycatcher, Staines Moor, 23 September 2015

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