Migration-watch at the Tattenhoe Park local hotspot

It doesn’t really matter where I go birding these days as migration can be witnessed anywhere. This morning I went to the local park at the edge of the city to count migrating Redwings and other passage birds.

The Tattenhoe Valley Park is a long stretch of semi-natural wooden and bushland habitats, small pools and pastures between residential and industrial areas in the southwest corner of Milton Keynes.

The autumn colours are transforming the countryside before it turns grey and dull for another 6 months. © Gyorgy Szimuly
Little pits provide habitats for a few waterbirds. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Just out of the car, I saw the first flock of Redwings. All birds this morning headed north, and except about 50 birds, all moved past without stopping. I counted 945 individuals in just 2 hours and 34 minutes. The number of Fieldfares is picking up as well. 161 flew north. A few Song Thrushes flew with Redwings and solitary Common Blackbirds (5 individuals) migrated high over the area.

Redwing
Redwing is a smart-looking winter visitor in Britain. © Phil Gower Permission to embed this photo has been granted by the photographer. All rights reserved by Phil Gower

14 Northern Lapwing headed north just like all the 105 Common Chaffinches. 43 Eurasian Skylarks migrated east-southeast. I counted only 14 Meadow Pipits, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Common Linnet.

European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) by Gyorgy Szimuly on 500px.com
Sadly, European Greenfinch occurs in very low numbers. I saw only two birds this morning. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Two Rose-ringed Parakeets, 14 Common Redpolls, a single Brambling and 2 European Siskin flew west.

eBird checklist from the morning: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74837135

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