Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Autumn is here!


This afternoon there was a steady passag of birds moving in to the SW head wind over Hanging Houghton.  An assortment of gulls were perhaps the most obvious, but also with Swifts, Sand Martins and Swallows moving continually in small numbers in the same direction.  It was pleasing to locate a pair of Grey Partridge with 5 half-grown young on Clint Hill at HH.

The increase in gull numbers on the move provided a larger gull roost at Pitsford this evening, the highlights being a 3rd Summer Caspian Gull and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull.

Although dull for much of the day where I was, short sunny periods at Pitsford Res this morning provided the opportunity to watch Essex Skippers, lots of Common and Ruddy Darters and an opportunity for listening to the first of the Roselle's Bush-crickets of the new season.

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