Saturday, 21 September 2013

A Few Birds Arriving!

With some decent weather forecast for today and light winds I was out of the house early this morning at 5.15am where I had a drive around the area in the dark looking and listening for any Owls and anything else that wanted to call in the dark. As the light picked up I heard 1 Grey and 1 Red legged Partridge calling and a few Skylark and Golden Plover could be heard in the distance. I then parked up at Chambers Wall where on getting out of the car there was obviously a good number of Chiffchaff around. Throughout the morning I managed to see and hear 48 Chiffchaff, no doubt a lot more as well that went unnoticed. I walked down to Coldharbour before walking east along to Plumpudding Stables where I checked all the bushes before returning back along the seawall. Despite not finding 'that' bird this morning I noted a few species including 4 Grey Partridge, 2 Kestrel, 9 Blackcap, 1 Turtle Dove still around surprisingly, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Wigeon, 1 Snipe, 2 Stonechat and 3 Whinchat were together near Coldharbour allowing the first shots of the day.


There were 2 Grey Wagtail west, 2 Pied Wagtail, c10 Meadow Pipit, 7 Teal, 2 Sedge Warbler, c20 Reed Bunting, 1 Rock Pipit west, 2 Marsh Harrier, c80 Linnet, 1 Lesser Whitethroat eventually showed itself in a bush along the seawall where I managed to grab a few quick shots. 

Lesser Whitethroat

Moving on I noted 4 Curlew, 2 Wheatear, 1 Shoveler, 5 Oystercatcher, 9 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 5 Sand Martin, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 7 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egret, 9 Turnstone, 3 Redshank and 1 Kingfisher. A few Yellow browed Warblers are in the north of the country at the moment, hopefully the next week or so will see one or two on the patch!

Lesser Whitethroat


  1. Gorgeous birds you have taken Marc.

  2. Nice set of migrant species Marc. Lets hope one of those yellow brows stops here first off :-)

  3. Another gorgeous series!
    These little fellows have chosen quite a lovely setting for your pics.. or is it the other way around! LOL!
    Birding is slow now you say?
    I guess when the migrants arrive you will be very busy!
    Wish I lived along the coast!!
    Cheers again!

  4. Little beauties, birds and images Marc.

  5. Nice set of photos Mark. Started a blog myself this week. mikegouldwildlifephotography.blogspot.