Pannel Valley NR

30th September 2007, Sunday

Chiffchaff and Blackcap migration was in full swing this weekend,with three figure counts for both species noted. Stonechats (below) have become very obvious, and Meadow Pipits, Lesser Redpolls and Siskins are all being seen on visible migration. Reed Buntings are increasing as birds disperse from their breeding territories along the ditches on the Levels, and Bearded Tits can be seen and heard as they make tentative forays above the marsh, tempted by the urge to disperse to other reedbeds. Up to three Marsh Harriers have been roosting in the Valley during the week.