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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

07th Sep 2016: Another Tree Pipit

Somebody turned the migrant tap on again!

John was out yesterday morning and saw a trickle of migrants coming through. A Common Sandpiper that stopped briefly was the highlight but Yellow Wagtails and Swallows on the move and more warblers around showed promise. A juvenile Ringed Plover dropped in during the evening, so he was rewarded for his efforts for the day.

Above and below copyright of JFT

This morning John found the Ringed Plover still present, which it was all day, and at lunch time found two (possibly three) Spotted Flycatchers along the river near the entrance.

We both went out this evening and before I got there John had a Green Sandpiper fly over and went down low near the river by the railway. It obviously stayed in the area as we had it fly over the reservoir again later. A large flock of gulls that had gathered were flushed by a Hobby that cruised over. It hunted over the reservoir for quite a while before departing. Up in the valley we found a pipit and it only took us a mere moment to realise it was a Tree Pipit. It was elusive but we had reasonable views when it settled in a hawthorn for a short time. It was flushed by a Dunnock, at which point it flew towards the pool and we didn't see it again. There were no Whinchats today but they may have already been flushed by dog walkers.

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