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A day of two halves

fredag 9. september 2016
af Simon Davies

A bit misty and murky through the morning with a much fresher westerly breeze; the slight change in conditions brought a few more birds to the nets with 65 new birds caught highlighted by single Red-breasted Flycatcher (the third of the autumn), Firecrest and Wood Warbler along with a Sparrowhawk, 13 Robins, 11 Chiffchaffs, a Reed Warbler, 5 Redstarts and 2 Pied Flycatchers amongst others.   Overhead passage was slightly reduced in the murky conditions first thing with a few Finches including Siskins and Crossbills but mid-morning when it cleared a bit there was a big pulse of 600+ Chaffinches which passed over the garden heading SW in a handful of big flocks.   There was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth very briefly on the Buddleia by the front door late morning but disappeared almost instantly!

               

Today's totals - 1 Sparrowhawk / Spurvehoeg;  13 Robin / Roedhals;  5 Redstart / Roedstjert;  1 Song Thrush / Sangdrossel;  1 Reed Warbler / Roersanger;  4 Lesser Whitethroat / Gaerdesanger;  7 Whitethroat / Tornsanger;  7 Blackcap / Munk;  1 Wood Warbler / Skovsanger;  11 Chiffchaff / Gransanger;  9 Willow Warbler / Loevsanger;  1 Firecrest / Roedtoppet Fuglekonge;  1 Spotted Flycatcher / Gra Fluesnapper;  1 Red-breasted Flycatcher / Lille Fluesnapper;  2 Pied Flycatcher / Broget Fluesnapper

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Firecrest

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Wood Warbler

The afternoon reverted back to the warm, sunny, tropical weather of late but a look off the point late afternoon (1645-1815) was more productive than yesterday as quite a few Duck and Wader flocks headed south including 116 Wigeon, 10 Shoveler, 20 Teal, 6 Pintail, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 129 Dunlin, 2 Grey Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit; other birds included 2 Arctic Skuas, 48 Sandwich Terns, 3 Common Terns and a Great-crested Grebe while a steady stream of c700 Swallows piled south.

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Grey Plover

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