Saturday, 31 October 2015

31st October 2015

Weather: SE-2, overcast

A late start at the Lighthouse saw the end of what had obviously been a good morning of passage. Finches were abundant with Bullfinch (2), Chaffinch (22), Goldfinch (12) and Redpoll (1) all being recorded overhead. Thrushes had also made a significant arrival with at least 20+ Blackbird in Lingham Lane and the same again down Park Lane. 8 Goldcrest were around the Lighthouse pond and 4 were to be found along the nature trail. 3 Chiffchaffs were also the nature trail loosely associating with a number of roving tit flocks.

As Great spotted Woodpecker breeds at the Lighthouse its never easy determining which are migrants but two 'buzzing' around the Lighthouse looked like good candidates for genuine migrants as did the 5 Snipe and 2 Teal that appeared to come 'in off'. Also 'in off' were 2 very high Pink footed Geese and an equally high  Short eared Owl which slowly drifted south. 

Our first significant movement of Starlings of the autumn included 300 birds moving SW early morning.  


Short eared Owl (AMC) heavily cropped

Short eared Owl

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