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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Queensbury, more Blackbirds

             Autumn in the Baptist graveyard
                     At least 11 Blackbirds here midday
                           The lawned area is most inviting for them
                                A carpet of leaves to forage in .

Another day of sunshine and showers with a strong W>6 decreasing to near calm by mid afternoon.
Several flocks of Fieldfare were moving over >S from first light until around 0830hrs but by the height and jizz these birds were probably birds already in and just re locating.
Foxhill park was ultra quiet at lunch time with even the gulls absent and nothing in the clear blue sky.
Several Blackbirds were moving around gardens by the park and a check in the Chapel Lane graveyard on the way back to work found an unusually high count of at least 11 male Blackbirds in the undergrowth which coincides with the high count at Ogden at the weekend.
Blackbirds are partial migrants moving south for the winter but mainly without leaving the British Isles with exception of southern birds where several cross the channel so the influx to our area could be birds from the north of the country or even northern europe birds from Scandinavia, Finland or Russia coming across with the other winter thrushes.
The local Queensbury Tawny Owls are being seen regular late evenings but have not yet returned to their regular roost.
BS

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