Sunday, 7 October 2012


A good weekend and nice to finally get out and do some birding. This morning looked promising with a nice easterly.

It soon became clear that there was not much new stuff around. Still plenty of Meadow Pipits (500+), Linnet (200+) and Goldfinch as well as a single Jay and a Crossbill.


At about 9 AM, the first groups of House Martins started to appear and they just didn't stop all day. By the afternoon, clouds of House Martins were moving through with all available fields of view containing 20/30. Estimates from further east (where they were heading) were of 50,000 and while I have no way of even getting close to an estimate, that figure does not seem excessive. Weirdly, there were very few Swallows and just a single Sand Martin with them. Will be good to see how far east and west of here the passage arrived.


Couple of new moths last night

Black Rustic
Beaded Chestnut?

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