donderdag 13 oktober 2011

13 oktober 2011 - Eltenberg

This morning i headed back over the German border (this is still a strange feeling) and was in position at Eltenberg by 8am. I was actually in position earlier but the dense fog meant seeing anything, or working out what direction birds were flying, was all but impossible. After a an hour of counting passerines Frank, Ronald and Arjan turned up, which meant i could concentrate on the small stuff while they scanned for raptors.
A couple of Great Egrets flew over

and it wasn't long before the first of 20 Sparrowhawks headed south.

as well as this juvenile we saw 119 Buzzards in total.

The one below appearing to the west of Elten church (a handy landmark)

This was the 2nd of 4 Hen Harriers that flew south

and yet more Sparrowhawks

and Buzzards

and Eurasian White-fronted Geese totalled 1460 throughout the day

another Hen Harrier

and my first Rough-legged Buzzard of the autumn, a juvenile?

this Goshawk was thought to be a local bird

and the 4th Hen Harrier

Posted by PicasaAside from all the raptors we also had a respectable list of 'other stuff', namely:-
Lapwing 384
Woodpigeon 2397
Stock Dove 153
Fieldfare 201
Redwing 81
Mistle Thrush 13
Song Thrush 14
Thrush sp 26
Ring Ouzel 1
Blackbird 1
Skylark 73
Woodlark 18
Meadow Pipit 246
Barn Swallow 13
White Wagtail 141
Grey Wagtail 1
Starling 603
Redpoll sp 2
Siskin 35
Chaffinch 584
Brambling 83
Reed Bunting 26

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