Wednesday, 12 October 2016

JACK SNIPES on Wilstone!!

The continuing East/NE winds resulted in another large arrival of thrushes on IVINGHOE HILLS, involving at least 300 REDWING, several Continental Song Thrush and perhaps 8 RING OUZEL. The latter included two very elusive birds in the Whitebeam by the S bend, one in Top Scrub, another 2 in Inkombe Hole and 3 on Steps Hill. Eight COMMON STONECHAT included a 'new' bird on the Beacon scrub, with the 3 along the fenceline to the sheep pens and 4 still above Inkombe, while 80 Meadow Pipit were noted, a constant trickle of Chaffinch, a honking COMMON RAVEN over, a single Blackcap in Top Scrub and a Marsh Tit there. Little to add at PITSTONE HILL other than 45 Linnet.

Roy Hargreaves discovered 4 JACK SNIPES on the mud in Cemetery Corner at WILSTONE on Tuesday and at least 3 of these remained today. A single elusive SCANDINAVIAN ROCK PIPIT has also been on the reservoir

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