19 October 2015

Great Grey Shrike at the patch: 19 October

A quick visit to Staines Moor this afternoon soon located the Great Grey Shrike (found by Rob Innes yesterday) perched on the hawthorns on the west side, and occasionally wandering to the hawthorns in the NW corner. This is third Great Grey Shrike for Staines Moor - the first being one on 9 April 2000 and the second briefly on 13 October 2009.

1-2 Water Pipit in flight along the Colne are my first returning birds, as was a Jack Snipe flushed from the Colne by the southern footbridge. Also noted were 1 ad. Peregrine on the pylons, 9 Stonechat (6m, 3f), 1 Cetti's Warbler showing well in the reeds by the north entrance, 3+ Grey Wagtail (2+ 1st-W, 1 ad. m), 1m Kingfisher, 1 Goldcrest in a Long-tailed Tit flock, 2 Little Egret (Colne), 7 Greenfinch, 4 Pied Wagtail (Colne), 2 f/imm. Kestrel and just 6+ Meadow Pipit.

Overhead 1 Red Kite W, 18 Linnet (including 8 dropping down into the scrub on the west side at dusk), 3 Pied Wagtail SE-E and 6 Skylark N.

Stanwell Moor added 7 Eurasian Wigeon over E.

Great Grey Shrike, Staines Moor, 19 October - just a record shot as I felt too ill to try for better photos

1st winter male Stonechat, Staines Moor, 19 October. 9 present today - males have outnumbered females this autumn two to one.

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