Wednesday, 9 September 2015

9th September

A walk down the river this morning on an exceptionally calm, but cool, day. Yet another sighting of Hobby was the highlight  

It is one honestly....

but other birds included the first Meadow Pipits since the spring, around three weeks earlier than usual,

half a dozen Siskin (again well ahead of previous years), a Great Black-backed Gull amongst the other gulls and a Little Grebe on the river.
All of these strengthened the impression that autumn has arrived early this year. The one exception was Chiffchaff with virtually every bush seeming to still have a bird ‘hweeting’ and at least two birds in full song.

Talking of Chiffchaff, one of the birds caught in the Magic Garden on Sunday was a Chiffchaff which John had caught and ringed at Kiplin Hall in July! Interesting to think of the migration route these birds take, possibly moving between sites with water?

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