19th September 2014
A rather less headline-grabbing but still productive day locally, with a northerly wind and dark skies throughout. Potentially the bird of the day was our second candidate Siberian Lesser Whitethroat of the year which appeared – alongside a nominate bird from earlier – on Carr Naze this evening (MC, MJP). Three Yellow-browed Warblers were present in the northern coastal area, two of which were new and arrived simultaneously late morning (mo).
Other grounded migrants included 15 Redstarts, 12 Willow Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, 10 Wheatears, four Whinchats, 25 Song Thrushes, a Fieldfare, 13 Robins (including four on the Brigg), seven Siskins, a Brambling and 38 Chaffinches. Tree Pipits continue their excellent run of late with another four birds today, while a minimum of seven Kestrels and four Sparrowhawks were in the northern coastal strip alone.
A juvenile Long-tailed Skua, six Sooty Shearwaters and four Little Gulls were the pick of the sea. An exceptional passage of Wigeon, the vast majority of which cut off the Brigg and headed NW, totalled 1150 for the day (from intermittent observations), as well as 250 Teal, 37 Shelduck, four Pintail and a Shoveler; a further 130 Teal and hundreds of Wigeon were in the bay (but excluded from the final counts).