30th October 2014

Bittern (Mark Pearson)

Bittern (Mark Pearson)

A very busy and entertaining day today, with an exceptional arrival of thrushes spearheading a cast of quality and quantity. A minimum of 10,500 Redwings, 5,200 Blackbirds, 2,300 Fieldfares, 550 Song Thrushes, 15 Mistle Thrushes and 12 Ring Ouzels were recorded, with the action barely pausing from before dawn until after dusk (although the biggest numbers arrived during the morning).

Richards Pipit (John Harwood)

Richards Pipit (John Harwood)

Scarcities were well spread, with the year’s second Richard’s Pipit in the grassland above the Tip (JH), a Grey Phalarope off the Brigg in the afternoon (MJP, GR), a surprisingly high count six Yellow-browed Warblers – one in Long Lane, three in Top Scrub, one on the Brigg and one on Carr Naze (MJP, GR, LM, CR et al), and a very showy Bittern at the Dams, which perched in the open for much of the afternoon.

Grey Phalarope (Mark Pearson)

Grey Phalarope (Mark Pearson)

Plenty of other notables included two Short-eared Owls (one on Carr Naze and one at the Dams), 13 Whooper Swans and 100 Pink-footed Geese south, 45 Bramblings, 25 Robins, 30 Goldcrests, two Goldeneye, a Black Redstart, 12 Chiffchaffs, an interesting ‘green and grey’ Willow Warbler on Carr Naze at dusk, 8 Blackcaps, 180 Skylarks, 1,300 Starlings, six Snipe, two Woodcocks, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Goosander at the Dams.

Yellow-browed Warbler (Mark Pearson)

Yellow-browed Warbler (Mark Pearson)