Friday, August 29, 2008

Local birding

The Moor - a fine and beautiful place to go birding, photographing etc

It was still and sunny this morning and I haven't had a good trawl around locally for a little while, so that's what I did. Migrants included plenty of Swallows and House Martins still, 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Spotted Flycatchers (in two different locations) - uncommon in the tetrad, only one previous record for me I think, and a Wheatear, also very uncommon in the tetrad despite the abundance of suitable habitat.

Northern Wheatear

Other birds of interest included Nuthatch, very uncommon in the tetrad although it breeds commonly in a neighbouring one, Bullfinch which is hard to find and Moorhen which although always present is often elusive. Marsh Tit was found again. A flock of 14 Golden Plover were a fine sight. Not seen but surely they are here somewhere, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Stock Dove and Skylark.

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