28 October 2015

Staines Moor: 28 October

A long but rather unproductive day at the patch in terms of fresh migrants and overhead passage. 3 Water Pipit along the Colne is an increase, a site-wide count of 27 Goldcrest is a new patch record (but again no Firecrest or Yellow-browed Warbler amongst them) and 2 Short-eared Owl (first reported on 25 October) were hunting on and off throughout the day on the east side, and seen to catch a small mammal on two occasions. A slight increase in Blackbirds was noticeable with 11 noted, along with 5 Song Thrush but just a single Fieldfare (where are all the thrushes?) and Dunnocks seemed more noticeable than usual as well with 8 (1H) noted with no effort and Robins were everywhere. A flock of 18 Skylark on the east side was notable as was just 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail and 3 Pied Wagtail along the Colne, 8 (5m, 3f) Stonechat, and 2 Reed Bunting.

Vis mig amounted to nothing more than c.65 Eurasian Wigeon E, 3 Fieldfare SW, 2 Skylark (1 NW, 1 SE), 1 Linnet E and 1 Greenfinch E.

Regulars noted include 2 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 2+ Kestrel, 45+ Black-headed Gull 'flycatching' over the grassland for much of the day, 4 more Greenfinch and 1H Cetti's Warbler (in reeds by the northern footbridge).

An hour spotlighting after dark on the west side produced just 1(H) Common Snipe and a Grey Heron flushed accidentally from roost along the River Wraysbury. It won't be long before the first Woodcock arrive for the winter I'm sure.

One of three Water Pipits along the Colne today. Darn camera wouldn't focus - how much is that 7D Mark II?

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