29th October 2014

A settled and mainly sunny day with light northerly winds brought a surprisingly good haul of migrants both overhead and on the deck. Pick of the bunch was a Water Pipit (a far-less-than-annual species locally) briefly at Carr Naze Pond in the early afternoon (MJP), with plenty of commoner back-up including seven Whooper Swans south, 19 Twite (some down and some through), a Snow Bunting, 330 Starlings in off, 45 Skylarks (mainly in off), a single Pink-footed Goose, and 15 Robins, three Chiffchaffs, 35 Blackbirds, 20 Redwings, 16 Dunnocks, 25 Siskins, two Blackcaps, 10 Goldcrests and 20 Chaffinches all indicative of passage in the Top Scrub / Country Park area.

Whooper Swans (Mark Pearson)

Whooper Swans (Mark Pearson)

The sea was quiet but for a late Manx Shearwwater and 16 Little Gulls, although the high tide roost on the Brigg held 34 Purple Sandpipers, the highest count of the autumn by some distance.

Twite (Mark Pearson)

Twite (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (28th) saw some notable visible migration at the Gap, with 14 Bullfinches, 14 Whooper Swans, a Jay and 228 Siskins south, while a Great Northern Diver and two Sandwich Terns were the best on the sea; East Lea & The Dams accounted for 40 Teal, six Wigeon, three Shovelers, two Gadwall, two Chiffchaffs and two Grey Wagtails (with a couple of the latter now regularly observed in the town).

Rock Pipit (Mark Pearson)

Rock Pipit (Mark Pearson)

The upsurge in grounded arrivals was reflected in the ringing totals this morning, with 63 birds trapped (52 new, 11 re-traps): Siskin 3, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 2, Goldcrest 3 (1), Blackbird 3 (1), Redwing 1, Song Thrush 1, Greenfinch 14, Chaffinch 2 (1), Goldfinch 1, Tree Sparrow 2, Dunnock 2 (1), Robin 3 (2), Wren 3 (4), Long-tailed Tit 1, Great Tit 4 (1), Blue Tit 6.

Water Pipit (Mark Pearson)

Water Pipit (Mark Pearson)