Sunday, 7 September 2014

Good migrations

Osprey heading east
A good September migration day today- 1 Osprey flew east, 2 juvenile Ruff dropped in, 1 Wheatear, 70+ Meadow Pipit flew south, 40+ Swallow and 10+ Sand Martin went south, 5 House Martin and also 50+ Teal, 40+ Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe and 15 Lapwing. Around the edges 10+ Chiffchaff, at least one Willow Warbler (see below),  5-6 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler and overhead 2-3 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 4-5 Kestrel and 3 Sparrowhawk.
AUTUMN Willow and Chiff
 White eye ring, (very prominent on lower eye) on Chiffchaff (left)- not on Willow Warbler. Also check out stronger supercilium and lemon coloured suffusion on underparts on Willow Warbler. More yellow/orange in bill of Willow (and in legs- not visible)
 Who's who?
Longer wings of Willow Warbler on right making the Chiffchaff (left) look longer tailed


Steve Gale said...

Nice headline Pete...

Peter Alfrey said...

lol :-)

john said...

I love the comparison shots of these two look alikes, (for a yank like me anyway).

Peter Alfrey said...

Good to hear John. On Corvo we have to make sure we are not passing off Tennesse or Orange-crowned Warblers for these