80. Reed Bunting - one flew north
A interesting morning, with 33 species in three hours. 118 Redwings over, plus a good movement of at least 22 Skylarks though as usual I only managed to see ten. I seemed to be in between two major Redwing movements, with a count of 3000 over Derbyshire and 500 over south Leicester.
First Meadow Pipit over this morning. Await the first thrush movements and the like.
Chifchaff probably daily now - sign of winter.
It’s your list Ken, all I would say is that you didn’t actually identify the six birds to species in the first place, at the migration watch point I sometimes go to in autumn they would go down as ‘Unidentified passerine sp ‘Sometimes one has to eat humble pie, hopefully this will be contrite enough for damage limitation?
Friday just gone I reported 6 Hawfinches heading South c900m away, well lit by the morning sun. Initially foreshortened and coming from the North I thought Skylark on size and relative bulk, however the bouncing Finch flight soon changed my opinion thus I defaulted to the “large finch” of the region...Hawfinch. (These would have been my first since Spring). Although viewing became limited by my various tree impediments I couldn’t compute anything else however looking at the day report on London Wiki Birds I noted at least 4 different group sightings of Crossbill (there has been a London influx of this species certainly over the last few weeks). I’ve only ever seen Crossbill from the house twice in 37 years with both occurrences being in July...thus was never on my radar. I’ve now defaulted to the latter over the former and resubmitted my record for the day. The upshot of this sad tale is that Crossbill would constitute another new tick for the current garden year list, would this be acceptable on current rules? :eek!: I do realise that this request will cause a lot of heart wrench.
It’s your list Ken, all I would say is that you didn’t actually identify the six birds to species in the first place, at the migration watch point I sometimes go to in autumn they would go down as ‘Unidentified passerine sp ‘
All very frustrating for you and I know the feeling, in the past two spring periods I have seen what I had to submit as ‘unidentified falcon sp’, only to find Red footed had been seen the same or following day not far away:C
On my west London patch this morning just short of 200 Redwing over this morning in various flocks. Some observers around town had larger flocks.
By contrast I've hardly seen any Blackbirds in the last few weeks,
Hmmm, yes little in the way of Blackbirds for a while here too - can't recall last time saw one!.
Right on cue c200 Redwing over this morning whilst attending the moth trap. Almost missed them as the majority were totally silent.
Are missing Blackbirds a countrywide phenomena at the moment, or do the “locals” go on holiday about this time? Almost embarrassed to ask the question as it shows just how unobservant one can be.:eek!:
Plenty of buntings here Ken, all Yellow despite me grilling them regularly for a Rock ( or something more exotic ).
A Skylark just 1km away on my walk the other day would have been a near mega for the garden (only one ever logged here since we arrived in 2016). Still no Brambling returnees yet, but finally had confirmation (thanks to its call) that the Pipits going over occasionally are not all local Water Pipits descending from the slopes but migrating
87 Meadow Pipit
October is the only month I have recorded them here and 87 for the year equals my best total here!