Autumn passerine migration begins 12/08/12

Passerine migration is under way with me seeing 4 Pied Flycatchers today between the RAF base and Pyes Hall (a 5th bird was also reported). The flycatchers ere my first of the year as was a Whinchat seen close to Pyes Hall. Also seen: Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Green Sandpiper, Cuckoo, 5 Whitethroats and a Willow Warbler. On the insect front a Migrant Hawker dragonfly was on the wing at Pyes Hall and butterfly highlights were: Ringlet, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Common Blue, Wall, Gatekeeper & Small Skipper.

Pied Flycatcher - often one of the first passerine migrants on the move along the coast

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