Wednesday 30 October 2013

Wintersett 25 Year Blockbuster 30.10.13

8 degrees,  cool,  sunny spells, south westerly breeze.
Wintersett Res: The highlight today was the 2nd ever YELLOW-BROWED  WARBLER,   picked up at 07.25 hrs  by Steve Denny at Botany Bay.    It was elusive,  but showed regularly up to 08.00hrs, as it flew a small circuit twice.  It was seen and heard from the roadside at  09.00hrs  and,  despite searching,  there were no further sightings for the rest of the day.   It is 25 years since the last one, which was seen by 4 observers, only one of who is still birding.  Many of the regulars gained a tick today,  in what is turning out to be the best October ever.
Also 320  Pink-footed Geese flew east in 2 skeins - 250 at 08.15hrs and 70 at  08.35hrs.  2 Mealy Redpoll were ringed and another was retrapped this morning.  Crossbill 1 W,  Siskin 1 over.  An adult male Peregrine flew south mid afternoon.
Also flying: Red Admiral 2 ACP + 1 Botany.  Migrant Hawker 2 Botany.
Anglers CP Vis Mig:  Wood Pigeon 400 SW, Skylark 36 SW,   Pied Wagtail 2 S,  Meadow Pipit 1 SW,  Mistle Thrush 4 SW,  Starling 12 SW,  Brambling 1SW.
ACP:  Redhead  Goosander 1.    There were 5 Great Black-backed Gulls and an adult Yellow-legged Gull in the roost tonight.

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