Friday 14 October 2011

This weeks sightings

Hopefully, I should be out with cameras this weekend, which will make a pleasant change, so watch this space for the outcomes.

However, it is a very interesting time for bird movements in the UK.  With the traditional Scilly season, lots of interesting rarities have been turning up the, as they have at the top of the country, judging by the tweets I pick up from those parts of the world. More locally the winter wildfowl is starting to pour into Slimbridge.

Locally over our garden last weekend we saw the last of the Swallows, House martins and the first of the Redwings on the same day. The garden birds are starting to return and it is great to see the flocks of Long tailed tits again.

As an aside, I had to take to a trip to Hampshire on business and had some great raptor sightings. First bird of the day was a Peregrine, followed by totals of 6 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, 11 Buzzards and a total of 47 Red Kite. Impressive, particularly the one that swooped onto the hard shoulder just a short distance in front of me.

Enjoy your weekend, I am just going to sit down with a glass of red wine and watch Autumnwatch.


Update: Forgot to mention my first local Siskin of the Autumn along with a dozen or so Goldcrests when we went walking on Sunday

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