16th September 2014

Another day of promising conditions for continental drift migration, and another day of pleasing returns. With easterly winds and fog (with intermittent drizzle) dominating the morning and early afternoon, attentions were focused on the land and in particular the Carr Naze and Country Park area, and a good selection of grounded passerines were on show.

Wood Warbler, Long Lane (Mark Pearson)

Wood Warbler, Long Lane (Mark Pearson)

Pick of the day was an elusive Wood Warbler (MJP et al) in Long Lane in the afternoon, but much of the activity occurred in the morning, with several waves of new arrivals and birds appearing on the plateau and slopes of Carr Naze before filtering inland. Totals for the area included 20 Redstarts, 10 Garden Warblers, seven Whinchats, 12 Wheatears, 13 Robins, six Chiffchaffs, 15 Willow Warblers, 25 Song Thrushes, 13 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares, five Bramblings, two Sedge Warblers, one (possibly two) Reed Warblers, three Tree Pipits, 12 Goldcrests and nine Siskins.

Two Garden Warblers newly arrived on the clifftop in the fog (Mark Pearson)

Two Garden Warblers newly arrived on the clifftop in the fog (Mark Pearson)

Many of the Willow Warblers showed characteristics of the northern / eastern races, and likewise many Robins were of the continental race. Waders on the move included up to 30 Golden Plovers, two Whimbrel and a Bar-tailed Godwit, while the bay is currently hosting up to 80 Common Scoter and 170 Teal as well as a few Wigeon, Red-throated Divers and Great Crested Grebes.

Brambling and Redstart (Mark Pearson)

Brambling and Redstart (Mark Pearson)

The ringers enjoyed a good selection in the Top Scrub, with final totals of 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Redstarts, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Brambling, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrests and 3 Robins.

Male Redstart, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Male Redstart, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)