The last few days have produced far too much evidence to suggest that autumn is defiantly here. I am currently seriously thinking about digging out some trousers and ditching the shorts. This is always a sad point in the year as I pretty much live in shorts from April until about October but the temperature in the mornings is plummeting rapidly. Clouds Hill is still producing the goods with 60+ birds being caught on every visit. Yesterday’s catch of just over 60 birds was made up largely of Chiffchaff and Blackcap which hopefully suggests that October is going to be good at the site when these two species flood through on mass. The first Goldcrest of the autumn was caught as well as a slightly unusual species to occur in some scrub, a Kingfisher!
Hopefully you can tell which is which!
Earlier in the week a few Linnets found their way into a net.
Overhead passage is building up nicely. Yesterdays list went something like this. Redpoll 1 west, Siskin c.60, Linnet c.250 east, Yellowhammer 1 east, Reed Bunting 3, Tree Pipit 6, Meadow pipit c.600, Skylark c.40, ‘alba’ wagtail c.40, Grey Wagtail 2 west, Yellow Wagtail 8 west. Grounded migrants included 1 Redstart plus a few Whitethroat but neither made it into any nets.