Monday, 8 October 2012

Autumn birds in the patch

Local patch: quite a lot of movement, especially as the winds have switched from southerlies (which brought rain) to northeasterlies (bringing clear skies & cold). Excellent conditions for vis migging. Highlights of the last few days included: LINNET (heard passing overhead on Sunday morning), 1-2 Chiffchaffs, Coal Tit (along with good numbers of migrant Blue Tits), 1-2 Song Thrushes on a daily basis, 1 Grey Heron (flying above Miramare - yesterday and today), +500 Chaffinch (constant influx of migrating birds overhead), 2 Cormorants (migrating east over Monte Grisa), 16 White Wagtails (in loose flock, passing overhead), 2 female KESTRELS (gliding down towards the sea), a few SISKINS (on passage), 1 Dunnock, 1 Greenfinch & usual Goldfinch numbers. Today the WOODPIGEONS began to move and about 45 were counted in two different flocks, heading E. Also as usual Robins singing everywhere and Jays frequently seen flying around with acorns and walnuts in the beaks. Starlings are beginning to form some small to mid-sized flocks.