21st August 2015

The good run has continued over the last couple of days, with a decent selection of notable early autumn records in the area. Today has been a little quieter, although a Balearic Shearwater went north this morning (JS, JP), single Pied Flycatcher and Tree Pipit were in the Top Scrub, 50 Swifts moved through, and the Temminck’s Stint and a Wood Sandpiper remained at East Lea.

Temminck's Stint (with Greenshank), East Lea, 19th (Mark Pearson)

Temminck’s Stint (with Greenshank), East Lea, 19th (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday’s (20th) highlights included a Spotted Redshank heading south over Carr Naze in the morning (MJP), a Black Tern south at 1740 (MJP), a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull on the beach (MJP) and presumably the same on the Brigg (JS), plus other migrants in the northern coastal area including a Cuckoo (Carr Naze), four Pied Flycatchers, 13 Willow Warblers, four Chiffchaffs, four Whitethroats, five Blackcaps, 10 Yellow Wagtails and 45 Swifts through.

Weasel, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Weasel, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Arguably the stars of the show are still Wrynecks, however, with two remaining this morning and an exceptional three together on Carr Naze yesterday (20th). Although three were found within a few hundred metres the day before (see below), it’s perhaps a bit of stretch to chalk them all up as the same birds, and although we’ll never know for sure, it seems likely that one or two may well have been ‘new’.

Swallow, Carr Naze Pond (Mark Pearson)

Swallow, Carr Naze Pond (Mark Pearson)