Thursday, 30 October 2014

Thursday 30th October 2014

Weather; Unusually warm; overcast with very light southerly wind f 1.

Over 250 Common Scoter were on the tide today together with smaller and more mobile numbers of Great-crested Grebes. The Greenshank showed well near the groyne.  

There were some large arrivals of late autumn migrants today. Over 50 Blackbirds were in the Lingham Lane area this morning, although by the afternoon this number had reduced to 10.  25 Song Thrushes where logged. The Song Thrushes appeared to arriving in the afternoon with numbers building up from the morning. Also noteable was an arrival of around 40 Reed Buntings, over 30 of which were grounded in coastal scrub and field margins with the remaining 10 being flyovers. Other grounded birds included 2 Redwings, 2 Bullfinch, 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs (including a very grey-buff individual) and over 10 Goldcrests.

Overhead passage, mainly to the south and east, included 200 Starlings, 5 Common Snipe, 4 Grey Wagtails, 8 Skylarks, 6 Chaffinches, together with a Bullfinch, 6 Redwing and a very late Swallow which flew south. A flock of 18 Siskins alighted briefly in alders at Lingham bridge before continuing their journey east. 

Female Reed Bunting Lingham Lane. There was a marked arrival of this species today.  EW
A Twite was well seen with a small group of Linnets in inland fields to the south of the paddocks. A Kingfisher was again at Lingham bridge. Observers;  KD, KAD, DH, LH, CS, EW.
Blackcap in an autumnal setting. Numbers have increased in last few days, possibly wintering birds arriving from eastern Europe rather than departing summer visitors. EW

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