8th November 2014

Twite, 6th (Mark Pearson)

Twite, 6th (Mark Pearson)

Today’s headliners were not one but two Black Guillemots, the first of which drifted slowly south on the tide, with the second coming in from the north and heading into the bay late morning (MJP, BP, JS et al). The late Whinchat remained at Carr Naze pond (perhaps in both senses, possibly having succumbed to a Sparrowhawk), a Jack Snipe dropped into the Rocket Pole Field, a Snow Bunting was on Carr Naze with a further three over the Dams early a.m, small numbers of Siskins, winter thrushes and Skylarks were dropping in and / or moving through, while Chiffchaffs were at the Dams & East Lea (four) and Church Ravine (two).

Siskin at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Siskin at the Dams today (Mark Pearson)

A Jay was in Parish Wood this morning (with two north at the Dams and one at the Gap on 2nd). Yesterday (7th) saw more decent sea-watching returns with another Grey Phalarope, a Slavonian Grebe, a Great Northern Diver, a Little Auk and a Pomarine Skua, plus five Goosanders and two Velvet Scoters among a good range of migrating wildfowl (JS, BE).

Black Guillemot (Mark Pearson)

Black Guillemot this morning (Mark Pearson)

The 6th also produced from the Brigg hide, with 53 Little Auks and a Short-eared Owl over the waves and an arrival of passerines in off which included a Black Redstart and moderate numbers of thrushes and Starlings.

Fieldfares & Redwings arriving, 6th (Mark Pearson)

Fieldfares & Redwings arriving, 6th (Mark Pearson)