Friday, 21 October 2011

Garden Siberian Trio

Aren’t garden birds brilliant! Especially when they’ve travelled from Siberia!

Yellow-browed Warbler giving 'crippling' views.

So as you can tell there was a Yellow-browed Warbler in my back garden today (well 2, but the first individual bounced through towards Carreg Dhu). Visual migration or ‘vismig’ was hit hard this morning with a 1.5 hour watch from Longstone Obs producing: 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Stock Dove, 29 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Grey Wagtail, 29 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch and 6 Siskin. With such a long list I find it ironic that it was, in all honesty, pretty slow – little movement of Pipits, Larks, Thrushes and the only moving finches were Chaffers. BUT there has been monstrous movements of all these birds across the continent so the SE winds forecast over the next few days should bolster our figures.

Back of the Garden..oh er yeah and the net!

Until then I'm happy just sitting and watching my long-awaited first Yellow-browed Warbler in the garden. After a bird passed through this morning this bird appeared at lunchtime and didnt leave a tiny Sycamore all day:

They are so good.

The Treecreeper plus 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were still flicking about Carreg Dhu gardens showing well as they say. The Longstone recording area is on fire at the moment with the above birds plus 2 Red-throated Pipit records and today a flyover Richard’s or Blyth’s that passed low calling NW at 13:38. I shouted probable Richard’s across the radio as the bird clearly wasn’t Tawny, but the call was slightly clearer and tail appeared shorter than it should be so this bird is definitely worth keeping an eye out for (or it could be the Richard’s that’s been hanging about that’s been called as  both poss Blyth’s and Tawny already).

This Treecreeper is not easy to photograph (or see).

Anyhow enough boring pipit anecdotes. Other bits in the Longstone area today included an absolutely spanking, lip smacking Siberian Chiffchaff that blew our minds flitting about some Elms calling for 5mins mid afternoon and a lovely Black Redstart up near Sunnyside Farm. Some brief sun again brought out some inverts with a male Red-veined Darter (plus a female type seen briefly) and Clouded Yellow brightening our rough grassland up.

This Red-veined Darter has potentially been alive for nearly 2 weeks (or more)..and thats after flying here from Spain/Africa - nuff respect!

And with southerly gales curtousy of a tasty atlantic low pressure system whats next African or American?...

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