Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Common Redstart in the garden

Local patch: there's still a good passage, with almost no weather change from yesterday, apart that it rained overnight (thus bringing down a few more birds). A nice addition for the autumn was a gorgeous male COMMON REDSTART present in the garden today. It preferred to perch on a small fig tree, which was actually the favorite perch of the male Redstart I saw this spring... perhaps the same bird?? Above is a photo for documentation - the only sign of moult is the white "necklace".
Otherwise also 1 or 2 Willow Warblers in the garden (one seen and one heard).
Visible migration was a bit less visible today, with just a single flock of about 100 House Martins passing by and heading SE (11.00 am). There were just a few other hirundines around... not the numbers and constant presence I had yesterday. Tree Pipits were still passing overhead, with 8 birds recorded during the morning. A great surprise were also the first SISKINS of the autumn which I heard passing above the house earlier in the morning.
A female/immature Golden Oriole speeding past was also of note.