Friday, 21 October 2011

Soar

06:30-17:00. 95%+ cloud cover at dawn. Moderate wsw wind going sw by mid morning. Sunny, bright afternoon.
Walked out to Bolt Head in the dark for the vis mig which never happened. Best were 5 Lesser Redpolls, 10 Crossbills and 2 Reed Buntings. The only common species to show well were alba wags with 129 but these may have come from a small local roost. Siskins still going strong with 77 seen during the day. Elsewhere just a Merlin, Water Rail, Golden Plover, 2 Swallows, Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzels ( 2 bottom of Starehole Valley, 1 Soar Mill Cove ), 8 Chiffchaffs and 9 Goldcrests.
Drew a blank on Siberian Rubythroat and Scarlet Tanager.