Pett Level

2nd October 2009, Friday

On Wednesday 30th, a there was a large number of migrant birds around Toot Rock; just from the concrete bridge at the eastern end I counted 46 species in about 20 mins.

A flock of at least 20 LT Tits trailed smaller numbers of other species – a dozen Chiffchaffs, a few Great Tits and up to 9 Blue Tits in view at once. 2 brave Coal Tits made it as far as the easternmost blackthorns before turning back, once faced with a vast and inhospitable marsh, but flocks of Goldfinches feeding on canalside thistles had no compunction about setting off across open country.

Overhead, the first Skylarks of the autumn were calling as they passed above flocks of alba Wagtails, Chaffinches, Linnets, Siskins, Swallows and House Martins, the latter two species building to thousands by late morning.. Apart from the Chiffchaffs, there few other warblers, with single Willow, Sedge, Cetti’s, Lesser Whitethroat and a few Blackcaps.

At least one Stonechat was perched by the canal and out over the marsh I could hear small birds continuing to pass, including Grey & Yellow Wagtail and Bearded Tit, though could see few of them against the bright sky.
Easier to pick out were 3 Kestrels, 2 Peregrines, 2 Ravens and single Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Buzzard and Marsh Harrier.
The evening was much quieter, with only Green Sandpiper, Little Owl and Cetti’s Warbler echoing across the still levels.

This morning was less eventful, but with the first significant passage of Goldfinches, 3 Wheatears and a different Marsh Harrier.