30/09/13 Seen flying high SE over his Area 4
garden by Paul Bright Thomas this morning were 2 Pintail .
29/09/13 With 25 birds seen this morning in
Area 5 to the rear of Morrisons. The highlights were a Kingfisher
flying downstream to Dragonfly Bridge. 20 Swallow heading S and a Sparrowhawk ssen hunting in the afternoon.
28/09/13 In Area 4 this morning 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull , 31 Swallow and 7 Meadow Pipit
were seen heading S by Paul Bright Thomas .
27/09/13 2 ,noisy Egyptian Geese flew over the Sandford Lane Car park
field this morning with a couple of Swallow .
Also heard were several calling Chiffchaff .
Paul Bright Thomas was out in Area 4 this morning and saw 20 Swallow over S in a flock , 9 Meadow
Pipit,3 Pied and 1 Grey
22/09/13 A massive passage of Hirundines,
probably in four figures flying high and heading S , mostly Swallow with House Martins
were observed over Area 5 to the rear of Morrisons all day. A
total of approx 34,000 were seen flying over Christchurch in Dorset this
morning. The last week of September and first week of October is one of
the most exciting periods of the whole autumn with plenty of visible
migration.Visible migration is perhaps best defined as the 'observation of
bird migration during daylight hours' and was pioneered by Dutch
ornithologists in the 1940's.
19/09/13 Paul Bright Thomas was out in Area
4 near Meadow Rd and had 25 House Martin
over S in a flock , 22 Meadow Pipit over S
in small groups and a solitary Bullfinch
18/09/13 Area 10 and the car park field were
visited today by Fraser Cottington. This produced Whitethroat, Blackcap
, Chiffchaff Mistle
Thrush 3 Meadow Pipit over S and
12,Yellow Wagtail over in 2 groups.
15/09/13 A reasonable day over Area 5 with
Raptors in good supply. A Sparrowhawk was
seen early morning, 4 Common Buzzard were
drifting West calling and 2 Red Kite were
riding the thermals. A Cormorrant was
heading W. Returning migrants included 25 Hirundines mostly House
Martin drifting S and several Chiffchaff
calling from river side trees.
12/09/13 No sign of the Redstart
today in Area 10, it looks as if its 13 day stay has finally
ended. Seen however where 5+ Blackcap, 3+
Chiffchaff and 3 flyover Yellow
Wagtails seen by Marek Walford.
11/09/13 Paul Bright Thomas was out in Area
4 this morning and reports, 1Cormorrant
moving E, a Meadow Pipit over S calling
and an adult Hobby flying SE.
08/09/13 It was a day for wandering today with Area's
10,5,6,7 and 8 all visited. Sightings were fairly consistent with Blackap seen in 8,10 and 7. Chiffchaff inArea's 10,5,6,7 and 8. A solitary
Whitethroat in Area 8. In Area 10 the male
Redstart remains for its 11th day, 2 Hobby , several Swallowand 10House Martin
over in small groups.
07/09/13 In Area 5 this morning a Cormorrant heading N . Returning migrants were a
female Blackcap and several Chiffchaff
, feeding off insects in the early morning sun. In Area 10 the
Lavells Lake car park field it was raptormania in an hours skywatching
by Fraser Cottington with 5 Buzzard ,4
Red Kite ,2 Sparrowhawk and a solitary Hobby .Also seen were 10Swallow , 10 House Martin
and the male Redstart for its
06/09/13 In Area 5 this morning 2 Rook and 2 Canada Geese
were seen heading N. In Area 10 and the Lavells Lake car park
field however it was all heading in the opposite direction, with 3Yellow Wagtail , 50Swallow
, heading S. At lunchtime a further 60 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin
and 20-30 House Martin were flying
S. Other migrants included 3 Blackcap ,Chiffchaff and the now resident male Redstart
04/09/13 Today in Area 10 and the
Lavells Lake car park field were Lesser
Whitethroat, Blackcap ,Chiffchaff
and the male Redstart .
01/09/13 Lured in by all last months good birds, I
ventured to Area 10 and the Lavells Lake car park field,this morning.
Despite the autumnal feel there was singing Chiffchaff and an alarm calling Blackap
. Flying over calling noisly were 6 Egyptian Geese and 4 Canada Geese . What were probably 4Raven
were seen but very distant . A Redstart
was also seen after I had left.