Sightings for week ending 23rd Oct

Some more migrants starting to come through. Redwing and Fieldfare being the mostly notable and in steadily increasing numbers. Redwing can be seen at Swanwick Lakes and regularly flying over at Hookheath.

Southmoor produced a lot of birds on Friday morning and remains an excellent site at low tide. Widgeon and Brent Geese occur in the hundreds, feeding on the waters edge. Lots of nice wader species are mingled in with them, including a number of Greenshank, Bar Tailed Godwits  and Common Sandpiper. Dunlin and Redshank also numbered in their hundreds.

There was a large number of Skylarks going over and other species like Brambling and Grey Wagtails were also regularly passing.

Farlington had the usual high number of roosting waders with Black Tailed Godwits, Dunlin and Redshank proving the most numerous. At the latter end of the week a Curlew Sandpiper and  Little Stint turned up on the main lake. Peregrine is also a regular feature with a Marsh Harrier moving through earlier in the week.


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