Pannel Valley NR

23rd September 2007, Sunday

Migration was in full swing this weekend with a window in the wind; hirundines put on a wonderful show, with Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows all moving through the Valley, with a roost of over 10,000 birds on Saturday evening.

Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps were both into three figure counts early morning, and an obvious push of late Sedge Warblers and Reed Warblers added to the movement, with small numbers of Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler for company.

At the edge of the reedbed good counts of Meadow Pipit and Reed Bunting had arrived, and Stonechats have now replaced Whinchats atop the bushes. A handful of Yellow Wagtails and Grey Wagtails called as they moved overhead, with the lovely autumnal sound of Goldcrests quietly see-see-seeing in the hedgerows. A few Siskins and a Redpoll also gave themselves away as they passed over.

The Osprey showed well on both days, with Buzzard, Marsh Harrier and Hobby also noted, and four Ravens were seen together over Carter’s Valley.

For the third autumn in a row, the moth trap has produced the rare immigrant Clifden Nonpareil (the old Victorian name of ‘Blue Underwing’ is much more descriptive!), and the strangest site of the week was a wild Fallow deer settling in with the bullock herd, so much at home it was often seen sneaking up and butting the bemused bulls..