It's been a pretty reasonable start to autumn on the Meadow. Given that there are no flood waters at all we've had to make do with migrating passerines but fortunately we've been well served on this front. We've had at least two Redstarts in Burgess Field, a male and a female. I say "at least", this is because after no reports of the female for about a week, one was caught in the ringing nets there. It could be the same one or it could be a new bird.
|Female Redstart in the hand courtesy of Thomas Miller|
We've also had a couple more Spotted Flycatchers: one in the north east corner of Burgess Field and one in the Trap Grounds. Sadly both were single observer sightings. That does bring the tally for this species to three birds already this autumn, which is pretty good!
We had our first Great White Egret record of the year with a couple of birds seen flying south along the river before heading back north again. Since then there have been several more sightings so they seem to be migrating regularly to the area, probably from Cassington GPs though they may well be finding the Meadow a bit too noisy for them to linger. Vidya Menon did capture a nice photo of one on the river early one morning which would tend to support this thesis.
|Early morning Great White Egret courtesy of Vidya Menon|
Yellow Wagtail numbers have increased dramatically since my last post and we are now getting over 20 birds in amongst the cattle.
There have been quite a few sightings of Hobby around the general area, including over Kingston Road and one over the Trap Grounds.
|Hobby courtesy of Nicola Devine|
|Migrant Hawker courtesy of Nicola Devine|
|Willow Emerald courtesy of Nicola Devine|
|Southern Hawker courtesy of Nicola Devine|