Saturday, 28 October 2017


Finally Hawfinch fell at Beddington today with 2 over at 850am and then another 4 over at 1000am, both moving north west. They were part of a major visible migration, presumably a big push of birds ahead of the cold front that is moving in. The west wind was noticeably cold today- the first major drop in temperature this winter. The movement consisted of 1900 Woodpigeon, 21 Skylark, 35 Meadow Pipit, 50 Pied Wagtail (an influx on the enclosed lagoons), 140 Redwing, 295 Fieldfare (the first for the winter), 80 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Greenfinch, 4 Siskin, 100 Goldfinch (mainly on the deck), 70 Linnet (mainly on deck), 2 Bullfinch and 4 Reed Bunting. 

I had to leave at around 1030 as needed to get to Oxford. Went to Thame for lunch and then back to the Old Vic. At least one, maybe two Hawfinches in the garden there too! Looked like they were actually hanging around. 

 Hawfinch over the Old Vic 
 Fieldfares over Beddington- 295 moving north west/west today 
 Woodpigeons- 1900 today moving South and south west- interesting how different species migrate in different directions with Chaffinch, Hawfinch, Redwing and Fieldfare moving north west and Woodpigeons, Redpoll, Siskin and Meadow Pipit moving south and south west and Skylarks moving west.
 Starlings- 2000+ today on the deck with small groups moving around/over too 
 Fieldfare again
 Skylark on the move 
 Even had a Great Tit migrating! 
and the usual daily migration of 1000+ Ring-necked Parakeets flying out the roost 

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