Friday 18 October 2013
Migrants moving south
A pre-work stroll between The Ness and Bundle Head yesterday from 07:45-08:45 produced a southbound movement of 39 alba Wagtails, with those low enough proving to be Pied Wagtails. Also 18 Linnet, 12 Goldfinch and 16 Meadow Pipit heading in the same direction. No sign of the Firecrests (though I did see them again on Tuesday) but the trees and bushes did hold 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, a female Blackcap, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Chaffinch and a Bullfinch. One particular sycamore on the edge of The Ness car park has contained at least one or two Chiffs and/or crests each time I've checked it over the past couple of weeks, so this could be the place for a rare warbler. I also noted much of the bramble scrub in the fields at Bundle Head has been cleared, presumably as part of Cirl Bunting habitat management.