Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Black Terns!

Nothing too exciting on the local patch over the last couple of days, lots more Meadow Pipit, Linnets and Chaffinch through, with lower numbers of Swallow and House Martin noted. Single Yellow Wagtail and Pied Wagtails went through as too did the first Lesser Redpoll of the Autumn, 1 yesterday and 2 today. Thrushes appeared more evident with several vocal Song Thrush seen moving through the scrub with a couple of Blackbirds flying high over. Several Chiffchaff were still singing away.

Some more interesting birds arriving today in the form of Pallas's Gropper and another Brown Flycatcher new in on Shetland with the Buff-bellied Pipit still present up there. Check out Punkbirder for details of the Brown Flycatcher (and yesterdays River Warbler) finds and check out FIBO Warden's Diary for an incredible full-frame picture of the Pallas's grasshopper Warbler - stunning (and the recent Buff-beiiled Pipit)!

Good numbers of Black Tern in the UK today with counts of 75 Grafham Water, 71 Rutland Water, 26 Audenshaw Reservoir, 22 Holme Pierrepont, 22 Dungeness, 21 Alvecote, 14 Swillington with lots of other sites having under a dozen or lone birds. A decent count at Tophill Low too so hopfully Rich got some photos - check out the Tophill Low Nature Reserve Blog.

In Europe the White-winged Lark and White-crowned Wheatear are still present in Sweden and Germany respectively. Norway had it's first Olive-backed Pipit of the Autumn today so hopefully one will turn up over here soon - preferably on one of my sites!

I'm off to Lancashire for a bit, so will hopefully get something interesting over there, but it is unlikely to include PGTips of Brown Fly!

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