Monday, 3 October 2011

Bolt Head to Soar Mill Cove area

08:00-14:30. Quite foggy til 10:00, lots of birds present early on, but many left as fog lifted. Fog returned from 14:00. Early on - 1 Ortolan Bunting (circling fields calling beside track to East Soar Farm), 1 Ring Ouzel (Starehole Bay), 8 Crossbill, c.130 Siskin, 16 Redpoll: 'vis mig' was in a SW'ly direction. Still present later (in the warm sunshine) - 1 Wryneck (Soar Mill Cove), 1 G S Woodpecker, 10+ Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 29 Stonechat (seems a lot, just local breeders?), c.30 Chiffchaff, 10+ Blackcap, c.10 Goldcrest, 440 Linnet (mostly in fields as large flocks, some as 'vis mig'), a few Goldfinch amongst them; many Skylarks and Meadow Pipits around; also a few 'alba wags', Swallows, Cirl Buntings.

1 Clouded Yellow, a few Silver Y, 100s Red Admirals.