19th August 2015
Quite a day here at the Obs, particularly for so early in the autumn, with classic seasonal continental scarcities illuminating a frenetic morning in the northern coastal area. Within a couple of hours, no fewer than three Wrynecks were found (one on Carr Naze, one in the Top Scrub moving to North Cliff, and a third also in Top Scrub), soon followed by two Icterine Warblers (both also in Top Scrub); back-up was provided by three Pied Flycatchers, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Whinchat, a Short-eared Owl, three Wheatears and a sprinkling of commoner warblers in the same area (DL, MJP, GD et al).
A fine cast of waders at the Dams and East Lea was headlined late in the day by the discovery of a moulting adult Temminck’s Stint at the latter site (MJP, NCt, DL, GD, HJW) and combined totals of four Wood Sandpipers, eight Ruff, four each of Common and Green Sandpipers, c20 Dunlin, four Greenshanks, six Snipe, six Redshanks and 25 Lapwing.
On the sea, three Black Terns went north, while a Spotted Redshank went south yesterday (JS).