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movement of thrushes through the area to open the month,
with a record count of Fieldfare plus good numbers of
Starling. 5 275 Fieldfare flew west and south-west, with
two clear waves of birds that appeared to be moving on a
After just over an hour, the count had reached 1 000, but a massive increase in birds between 08:25h and 08:35h produced a count of just over 1 300. Fieldfare were still going through during the following hour, but the numbers dropped over that time, before another wave of birds began pouring through low. 09:45-10:30h produced another 1 747 Fieldfare, with the final total being 5 275 for the morning.
The movement came as no real surprise given the favourable conditions today. Large numbers of Fieldfare were reported moving through various sites across the UK yesterday afternoon and it seems that more birds arrived overnight via the UK's east coast. Most of the birds moving through this morning were all low and there was evidence by the way the birds were flying, to suggest that some had only just set off soon after first light.
|Whilst most Fieldfare
flocks contained the odd Redwing, but there were three
Redwing flocks that passed through including counts of
70, 30 and 35. Redwing reached a total of 207 west and
south-west, but the other big mover today were Starling,
with 1 201 west and proabably more to come over the next
Other migrants included 13 Brambling west and 401 Wood Pigeon south-west, but the best bird was the first Dunlin here since 2003, that flew high north-east over Penny Pasture Common at 09:00h. 27 Teal were at Eakring Meadows.
Starlings moving through again today with a total of 1
340 west. 713 Wood Pigeon went south-west and these two
species were the dominant movers this morning, although
passage was relatively low given the ideal conditions.
Other totals on what eventually proved a quiet morning were 97 Fieldfare south-west and north-west, eight Redwing south-west, 20 Chaffinch west and a Brambling again proved very elusive in the Eakring Flash area. Nine Siskin south-west represents the highest count of the Autumn so far and three Lesser Redpoll were at Eakring Flash briefly. A Common Buzzard was at Lound Wood and unusual were the nine Jackdaw south-west.
Note: Although the area has a good Jackdaw population, birds have never passed through as purposefully as these birds.
|Little moving through again this morning. Starling totalled 186 west, with 887 Wood Pigeon south-west.|
|19 Teal at Eakring Flash this morning was notable, as were 103 Lapwing in the ploughed field in the Red Hill area. Also there were 15 Golden Plover.|
|The whole area was very quiet. A count of the Yellowhammer flock in the set-aside field at Eakring Flash, revealed a total of 42 birds.|
|Remaining extremely quiet today. Two Common Buzzards were over Lound Wood and there were 45 Sky Lark in the Eakring Flash set-aside, with smaller numbers of Yellowhammer than there were on the 16th.|
|Still very quiet to end the month. Groups of Fieldfare included 68 at Eakring Flash and 200 at Eakring Meadows. 15 Common Snipe were also around the Eakring Meadows reserve (per Robin Brace and Tony Wardell)|