15-25°C,Wind variable light,clear then with light cloud cover later,pressure at 06:30 - 29.83inHG and falling.
Im fascinated by the efforts of the migrating Blue Tits. Its such a novelty to me and they seem too delicate and vulnerable for any long journey. I'm intrigued to know how far and to where they travel. And why East ? perhaps its milder in Bulgaria on the shores of the Black Sea ?
Liplje - migration watch from home 06:30 - 08:30
180 Chaffinch *117 over S, 20 over E, 25 over SE, 6 over E/NE, 9 over N*
24 Hawfinch* 6 over SE, 3+1 over W, 5+1 over E, 4+1 over NE,1 over NW, 2 flew in*
10 Greenfinch *9 over E, 1 over SE*
8 Siskin *2 over E, 3 over S/SE, 3 over S*
10 + Great Tit *over SE *
15 Blue Tit* over E*
28 Blue/Great tit *20 over E/SE, 8 over SE*
3 Mistle Thrush *1 over SW, 1+1 over S*
5 Song Thrush *2 over SE, 1+1 over N, 1 over NW*
Blackbird *over NW*
2 Starling *over W*
3 Jackdaw *over SE*
7 Raven *3 0ver W, 4 over N*
2 Wagtail *sp. over E*
8 Finch* sp. over SE*

11:20
28 Blue Tit *20 + 8 over E*
Wryneck *Calling*
Liplje - migration watch from home 06:30 - 08:30
The South bound Chaffinches were in flocks from 1 to 20 birds.Highlighted birds are notable as late migrants or because of there numbers. The Bramblings were the first this Autumn/winter.

Sparrowhawk* female*
Goshawk *male *
34 Common Wood pigeon *32 over over W/SW, 1 over SW, 1 over S*
Collard Dove
2 Jay
Magpie
Jackdaw
2 Raven
2 Wood Lark* over W *
3 Barn Swallow *over S *
18 Great Tit *2+1+1+6+1+4+3 over S*
9 Blue Tit* over S *
8 Long Tailed Tit
2 Nuthatch
Tree Creeper
Chiffchaff *calling *
9 Song Thrush *3 over NW, 2 over W, 2 over S, 1 over SW, 1 flew in*
11 Mistle Thrush * 2+2+7 over S*
Yellowhammer* over S*
Cirl Bunting *singing from same tree,The Walnut, as earlier this year*
382 Chaffinch *370 over S, 6 over SE, 2 over E, 1 over NE, 3 over NW*
2 Brambling *over S*
5 Greenfinch *3 over S, 2 over NW *
4 Siskin *1+1 over S ,2 over E*
2 Goldfinch *1 over SE ,1 over S*
4 Linnet *over E *
62 Hawfinch *55 over S (9 flocks of 13 or less), 11 over SW, 2 over SE, 1 over NE, 2 over E, 4 over W*
2 Tree Sparrow *over E*
20 finches sp. *over E*
Liplje - migration watch from home
07:00 - 08:30

Swallow *over S *
183 Chaffinch *153 over S (in flocks of 1-15), 10+12+3+3 over SW, 2 over N/NE*
11 Hawfinch *1+5 over SW, 2+3 over S*
8 Goldfinch *over SE*
3 Greenfinch *2 over N, 1 over E*
7 Blue Tit *3+1+3 over S*
16 Great Tit* 1+1+6+5+3 over S*
2 Blackbird *over W*
4 Song Thrush *over SW*
2 Wood Lark *over S*
19 Raven *over W (single flock) *
22 Wood Pigeon *10+6 over W/SW, 6 over SW*
Hobby *over N*
2 Sparrowhawk* (local) *

11-21°C,Wind SE gusting up to 23mph.mostly clear and sunny, pressure 30.20inHG
Liplje - migration watch from home, 07:30 - 08:30
Took me a while to realise the Tits were ''moving'', as like the Hawfinches it was something I'm not familiar with. Realised I had missed some early on.

Swallow *over SE*
86 Chaffinch* 71over S, 5 over E, 10 over SE*
8 Hawfinch* over S, 3 in from N*
Greenfinch *over SE*
11 Great Tit *2 over SE, 9 over S *
14 Blue Tit *10 over S, 4 over SE*
Starling *over NW*
2 Skylark* over SW*
Song Thrush *over S *

Liplje - migration watch from home
Got the feeling these Hawfinches were on the move over the weekend hence the more concerted effort on Monday. Really good to see, not having seen anything like it in Blighty, always imagined them to be very sedentary. 99 Hawfinches in 3 days WOW !
Noticed the Cirl bunting change the pitch of its song going from the more typical rattle to a higher pitched trill and then back again.
Great Cormorants were first for Liplje
First Siskin this Autumn.

Saturday 4th
16 Hawfinch *12 + 4 over S*

Sunday 5th, 07:10 - 08:00
4 Song Thrush *over S*
23 Hawfinch *19,1,1 over S, + 2 over NW*
4 Chaffinch* over S*

12:52
15 Hawfinch* over E/NE*

17:32
Siskin* over S *

Monday 6th, 06:55 - 08:13
4 Great Cormorant *over S*
Tree Pipit* over E/NE *
45 Hawfinch * 9+1+5+9+8+12 over S, 1 over E*
10 Song Thrush *1+3 over S, 5 over SE, 1 over SW*
Blackbird *over E *
3 Turdus* sp.S/SW *
84 Chaffinch *20+13+11+11+6+2+7+4 over S, 6 over S/SW,4 over E*
23 Skylark *3 over S, 16 over E/NE, 4+4 over E*
10 Wood Pigeon *2 over W, 8 over SW*
4 Starling* N/NW *
White Wagtail *over S*
2 Yellow Hammer over SE

Cirl Bunting* singing*

12-17°C,Wind up to 5mph from N/NW, cloudy and bright.pressure 30.32inHG

Much quieter on the migration front of late.The Firecrests are back with 3 seen yesterday with 1 Willow Warbler. Also over this last week phylloscs have been much more in evidence.
I saw 3 feeding together which included 1 Chiffchaff, 1 1st W Willow Warbler (which interestingly did a lot of sitting rather than standing on perches) and one other phyllosc type which showed a well defined black eyeline and equally striking pale and long supercillium. When viewed head-on a pale loral stripe was noticed, this together with the strong eye line/super put me in mind of a 'crest'? Also noticed on the same bird was a pale off white underside, greenish grey upper body and yellow/orange feet and possibly legs.
My conclusion was this bird was like no Willow-chaff I've ever seen and came closest to Arctic/Greenish Warbler however no wing bar was observed ?
Hawfinches in groups of 8 and 4 seen in quick succession and the Cirl Bunting has returned to sing in The Walnut.
Small movement of Chaffinches and Blackbirds much more frequently seen.
Over last 7 days -
3 Firecrest
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Wood Warbler
Stonechat
Whinchat
12 Hawfinch flocks of 8 & 4
Cirl Bunting singing