Further bird news from early morning.
The highlights of a visible migration count were 3 crossbill west, 4 brambling east, 2 reed bunting west and a male hen harrier west.
The best of the grounded migrants were 2 ring ouzel, 2 firecrest, a sedge warbler, 13 stonechat, a yellow wagtail, a redstart, 5 tree pipit, 2 tree sparrow and a cetti’s warbler at Ecclesbourne Reservoir was a first for the site. Numbers were made up by 200 chiffchaff with similar numbers of goldfinch, and over 50 each of goldcrest and blackcap.
It’s important to note that these totals are from along all our migration count transects within Firehills, Warren Glen and Ecclesbourne Glen.
When visiting the site to look for migrants it is best to avoid the areas heavily used by dog walkers and stick to the less disturbed hotspots for migrants such as Warren Wood, Brakey Bank, the Ecclesbourne Meadow area between Fairlight Glen & Ecclesbourne Glen and Ecclesbourne Glen itself.
North’s Seat is also another excellent area for grounded migrants and being the highest ground at the site is particularly good for overhead migration, and High Wickham on the north side of East Hill is another good piece of scrub and woodland for grounded migrants.