Holmethorpe Sand Pits, Surrey ... 9th August 2011

A wander at our local patch this morning produced an obvious small fall of migrant passerines.

Just around the Spynes Mere area there were 11 Chiffchaffs, 7 Common Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, a male Blackcap and, best of all, Paul noticed a young SPOTTED FLYCATCHER by the path along the southern side of the reserve, the first of the year here at Holmethorpe.



Other birds noted in this area were a Nuthatch, 9 Swallows (many being young birds), about 15 Sand Martins, a House Martin, 4 Yellowhammers, 2 Bullfinches and, on Spynes Mere, 4 Egyptian Geese and 91 Greylag Geese.

Swallows and a Sand Martin

At Mercers Farm, 3 Little Owls were perched out at the sheep paddocks.

Two of the three Little Owls at Mercers Farm

We then headed to the Water Colour Lagoons where 2 Meadow Pipits were on the island (they have been scarce locally this year) and a Common Sandpiper flew to the bank by the path.

Paul & Graham

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