Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Autumn 2011 in the garden - a review

Local patch: as now most summer migrants will probably be in Africa already, it's time to make a bit of sums. It's been a very good autumn season in the garden. I was lucky enough to see almost all the common migrant species that usually visit the wider area of the local patch. The main misses were probably Pied Flycatcher and Northern Wheatear. However I got a nice surprise instead, in the form of an Icterine Warbler.
Here's a list of the top passerine migrants that were spotted in the garden (September to October):
-Common Whitethroat: 1 on 5th Sept
-ICTERINE WARBLER: 1 on 5th Sept
-Spotted Flycatcher: 1 on 17th Sept
-Willow Warbler: 1 on 26th Sept
-Whinchat: 1 on 28th Sept
-Tree Pipit: several on passage. The best was a bird perched on a tree in the garden on the 1st of Oct
-Common Redstart: 1 female on 1st Oct
-Lesser Whitethroat: 1 on 1st Oct
-Garden Warbler: up to 3 birds recorded together, but usually seen in singles
-Woodpigeon: total of 424 birds passed over the patch
-Song Thrush: total of 4 birds
-Blackcap: common on migration, usually 3-5 a day
-Chiffchaff: common, 1-3 a day

Not to mention the "out-of-the-garden" birds like Pallid Swift, Yelkouan Shearwaters, Gannets ect. A really enjoyable season!