Sunday, 6 October 2013

6 October 2013 Head Fine sunny and hot. N-W 1

A very frustrating day. We met up with RJF and JK at Birling and then covered all the Birling area including the Birling to Belle Tout loop when we met up with RK who advised us that 2 Bearded Tits were present between Hotel Garden and Shooters Bottom and had departed NW at 10.00 am. RES had a brief view of a Yellow-browed Warbler in the Old Trapping Area which departed very quickly and finally Tony Cook found a very elusive Red-breasted Flycatcher near the Hotel Garden which only showed briefly to a few observers. Its days like this when you ask yourself is it all worth while.
BHRG were ringing in Whitbread Hollow and the birds ringed are shown in brackets.

Little Egret 1 E off Birling
Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 2
Kestrel 3-4
Hobby 1
Peregrine 2
Golden Plover 9
Tawny Owl 1
Woodlark 1 E
Skylark 12 E
Swallow 280
House Martin 200
Tree Pipit 1
Meadow Pipit 350+
Yellow Wagtail 3 E
Alba Wagtail 20 
Robin 32
Wheatear 7
Grasshopper Warbler 1 (1)
Reed Warbler 5 (1)
Common Whitethroat 4 (1)
Blackcap 250 (93)
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 briefly in the Old Trapping Area
Chiffchaff 550 (58)
Willow Warbler 1
Red-breasted Flycatcher 1 on the Head
Bearded Tit 2 on the Head and then departed NW @10.00 am ( Our 11th record)
Raven 2
Siskin 6
Brambling 1
Bullfinch 1
Reed Bunting 2

Clouded Yellow 3
Common Blue 1
Small Heath 4
Small Copper 6
Speckled Wood 20
Comma 1
Migrant Hawker 3

Wheatears at Birling

Reed Warbler at Belle Tout