Tuesday, 7 May 2013


Patch birding and vis-mig. What could be better?

A nice early morning thrash of the newly found riverside fields and Paddocks area got me some decent birds.
2 Mandarin Duck were still showing on the river, but the main focus was on the Passerines on and over the fields. It was quickly obvious that Meadow Pipit's were moving en-mass following a short period of fog, and they were now streaming over constantly, with 100+ going over in the 2 hours i was out. Additionally, 13 birds were grounded, and i had great views of then for a good few minutes  before they joined a flock of 10c overflying birds, and carried on their migration northwards!

I took a video of the exact moment the last bird of the flock took flight.

9 Skylark were also showing in the 3 paddocks surrounding me, and i had great views of both singing, and of the birds chasing each other.
2 Lapwing still holding territory nearby also.
As well as Pipits, Wagtails were also moving, with 50c 'Alba' Wagtail Sp going over in the time i was out, however non decided to land. The previous days Winter Thrush flock had dropped in size greatly, with only 10 Fieldfare remaining. The biggest surprise however was the obvious Starling movement, of which around 200 flew over, including a single 100 strong flock, all heading purposefully north!

Later that evening i returned to the patch, but it wasn't rewarded greatly. 2 drake Goosanders were on the river, and showing well.

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