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 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
Stock Dove 153
Mistle Thrush 13
Song Thrush 14
Thrush sp 26
Ring Ouzel 1
Meadow Pipit 246
Barn Swallow 13
White Wagtail 141
Grey Wagtail 1
Redpoll sp 2
Reed Bunting 26