A good birding morning on my stroll around Area 5 and 4. Seen were 2 Grey Wagtail in the Smiths Walk balancing pond. A pair of Mallard were enjoying the pond and a male Bullfinch flew into a Sloe bush. A Coal Tit was visiting my garden feeders and a Chiffchaff was feeding in the same Sloe bush as the Bullfinch.
At 06:30 this morning over Area 5 garden a Canada Goose flew over calling. At 14:00 approx 20 House Martin and Swallow flew over my garden heading S and earlier in the morning a rattling Mistle Thrush was sitting high in a dead tree behind Morrissons.Also heard were a calling Chiffchaff, Great spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch.
Today, passage was lighter, with two Wheatear on the landfill. Less than 20 Meadow Pipit were seen today today, but a Linnett flew over.
Fraser Cottington wasat the bottom of the car park field today , a large flock of 100+ Meadow Pipit, were moving about.
A 200+ mixed House Martin and Swallow were lingering to the NE of Lea Farm. As usual Nuthatch was present, calling nearby.
Over my Area 5 garden at 18:00 evening at least 30+ House Martin heading S and earlier in the morning a calling Chiffchaff was behind Morrissons.
With a better days weather Fraser Cottington was again watching around the car park field. There was ittle happening at first, just 1-2 Blackcap calling 2 Chiffchaff , 2-3 Meadow Pipit over, then he spotted a juvenile Stonechat ,
that was perched high on the top branches of the scrub in the middle compound.Photo coursety of Fraser Cottington.
Fraser Cottington did a very quick visit to the Area 10 car park field off Sandford Lane and had a large flock of House Martin over the landfill, at least 500, but with many others spread out, it was more likely 1000 birds. Also 2-3 Mistle Thrush .
In Area 10 more visible signs of migration with 100 + and House Martin flying over the car park field heading S.
In Area 4 Paul Bright Thomas had the first FOTEB Meadow Pipit of the Autumn flying over his house.
In Area 1 to the rear of Tesco's at least 20 hirundines mostly House Martin and Swallow were drifting slowly S this morning.
In Area 1 today on Heath Lake were 15 Coot, Mallard, Mute Swan, Great crested Grebe and at least 80 Canada Geese .
In Area 8 today by Old Forest Road were 4 female Pheasantmeanwhile in Area 10 Fraser Cottington was leading the Friends of Lavells Lake bird walk and saw and heard 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Song Thrush, Nuthatch and Blackcap . A Grey Wagtail heading E, Spotted Flycatcher and House Martin,Sand Martin and Swallow heading S in groups of 20-100.
The Area 10 car park field was visited again. A Coal Tit and Lesser Whitethroat were seen by Fraser Cottington and a Hobby was seen by R A Price. Meanwhile in Area 4 a Linnet flew over Paul Bright-Thomas garden.
Paul Bright-Thomas had a Blackcap and a Kingfisher heading E along the Emm in Area 4. Trevor Guyatt saw a Spotted Flycatcher perched on a dead branch by the Emm in Area 10. 12 Canada Geese were calling and flying to roost at Windmill Pond in Area 5 at 20:00.
A Spotted Flycatcher was seen in the carpark field in Area 10 by M Kettell and a Kestrel flew over Area 4 and was seen by Paul Bright-Thomas.
Spotted Flycatcher in the carpark field in Area 10 by Brian Bennett.
Siskin flew low over Paul Bright-Thomasís Area 4 garden heading E.