9 October 2015

Staines Moor: 9 October

A quiet day at Staines Moor with few migrants. 8 Stonechat (5m, 3f), 1 Common Snipe (off N), 2 Goldcrest, 3 Common Chiffchaff, 5 Pied Wagtail, a few Skylark and c30 Meadow Pipit were the only migrants noted on the ground, and overhead 1 ad. Hobby (hunting the Goldfinch flock on the east side before heading off north), 2 redpoll sp. NW, 1 Linnet ENE, 3 Chaffinch E, 5 Goldfinch (S-SE), 1 Pied Wagtail N and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker SW.

Others logged include a female Bullfinch along the old railway, 1-2 Little Grebe on the Colne (the first returning wintering birds), 3 Red Kite (with another south the other side of the M25), c200 Goldfinch feeding on thistles on the east side, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Little Egret, 2-4 Common Buzzard (probably the local birds), 1H Cetti's Warbler (in the reeds along the Colne by the northern footbridge) and 4 Mistle Thrush (SW corner). 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma and a Red Fox were also noted.

Contender for bird of the day falls to, wait for it, a 1st winter Tufted Duck feeding on the Colne just south of the southern footbridge late afternoon. Tufted Duck are very scarce on the Colne and I've never seen one on the Colne that hasn't flown off as soon as anyone approached it.

21 Eurasian Wigeon E over Stanwell Moor dropped down onto King George VI Reservoir are the the first returning birds I've noted this autumn.

Tufted Duck, River Colne, Staines Moor, 9 October

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