|Record shot of today's Godwit|
I was going over later but I suspect that by this afternoon much of that stuff will be gone so I will let you know how I get on over there later this morning.
Chaz's Visit 10.00 - 11.20
How right I was!
I have been trying to get across to people just how dynamic the current migration movements are and today was a case in point. I was over the Marsh and mere probably an hour and a half after Gareth had left and I had a totally different experience.
I found no sign of the Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail or Redstart. I heard the Common Sandpiper in flight (presumably leaving?) and saw very few Phylloscopus warblers.
What I did have was an influx or major movement of Sylvia warblers, Common Whitethroat everywhere and at least two Lesser Whitethroat seen (one at the pit mound and another along the ford Brook). We actually seem to be getting more lesser-throats in autumn than we had in spring!
My star bird however was a stonking male Whinchat, finally making my regular bush-beating activity around the Pit Mound worthwhile. Whinchat always remind me of those girls who are really beautiful but really know it! This one sat at the top of a bush and posed from every possible angle for a while until I had seen just how gorgeous it was.
Also today there was Reed Warbler and all three hirundine and I also had my first experience of this unseasonal Siskin invasion with a group heard calling in flight at Pelsall Road and a flock of eleven calling birds seen in flight over the set aside. Whats that all about then - problems in northern Europe perhaps? Could make for an interesting winter - Chaz
P.S. Get over there - I have been home for half an hour so there is probably something else there now!