Visible migration

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Tuesday 12 October 2010 11:41

I went up to Hollingbury Fort and the back of Wild Park to experience the visible migration, it's almost as addictive as sea watching! I observed from 07:45 to 09:35 and here are the totals. It was quite windy and it was difficult to hear birds unless they were right overhead.

Goldfinch 45
Chaffinch 31
Meadow Pipit 25
Skylark 18
Wood Pigeon 10
Swallow 7
Brambling  5
Pied Wagtail 5
Stock Dove 5
Redwing 5
Linnet 4
Greenfinch 3
Siskin 3
Song Thrush 3

In the bushes...
Chiffchaff 3
Goldcrest 2
Firecrest 1

It was nice to hear Bramblings again, definitely one of my favourite calls. Collins Bird Guide has perhaps the best written word interpretations of bird vocalisations. So, it puts Brambling's call as 'a loud, croaking, harsh, nasal te-ehp'. I am sure I heard one last week go over the car park at Woods Mill. Firecrests seem to be turning up everywhere at the moment.

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