Sunday, 14 October 2012

Crested Tit in the garden!

Local patch: still a lot of migrants on the move this morning in the garden. Top bird of the day was a CRESTED TIT that visited the pine-tree in front of the house. As a regular breeder in the surrounding pine woodlands it's not hard to see, but is actually very scarce in the gardens. I think I only saw it here a few times. The above picture taken in 2006 documents one of these sightings, when a bird came to the birdtable.
Earlier in the morning a female COMMON REDSTART on the cherry tree was also kind of a surprise. A Lesser Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler were still present in the shrubberies along with good numbers of Blackaps. Song Thrushes were also quite obvious today, with at least 6 recorded throughout the morning (usually heard or seen flying around). A calling FIRECREST in the nearby garden represented a first of the season. Other interesting birds included: +10 Siskins (flying overhead), 1-2 Coal Tits, 2 Black Redstarts, 1 Hawfinch, at least 1 Water Pipit (on migration - one also yesterday), Serin (2 heard), 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Common Buzzards, 1 Dunnock, 2 Chiffchaffs, Grey Wagtail, Linnet (heard a few times - overhead), Long-tailed Tit, Green Woodpecker ect. Surprisingly not many Chaffinches on migration. The same cannot be said for Robins - literally everywhere!
Yesterday at Miramare a WOODLARK flying over the sea was a bit out of place, but a good record. Also a Water Pipit passing by, some Siskins and 2 late Swallows heading south over the house were of note.