Diurnal passage remains impressive

29th September 2011 – murky start then hazy sun SE3/2/1
A few Common Scoter was the only record of note.
Grounded Migrants
Another Coal Tit was amongst a further wave of Great Tit and Blue Tit and 2 Stonechat were a welcome sight; otherwise newly grounded birds were limited to 3 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Diurnal migration was again the main focus of attention and another strong passage through the morning included: 3000 Meadow Pipit, 420 Linnet, 120 Starling, 100 Skylark, 78 alba Wagtail, 40 Pink-footed Goose, 36 Swallow, 30 Chaffinch, 21 Siskin, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Grey Wagtail, 10 Goldfinch, 8 Jackdaw, 4 Reed Bunting and 4 Tree Sparrow.
A Little Owl bathed in the midday sun and a Water Rail squealed.
A selection of butterflies included newly emerged Small Copper and a rather worn Painted Lady.
Around five Migrant Hawker were on the wing.