Monthly Archives: October 2015

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31st October 2015

A busy day, with plenty of highlights and variety across the area, the best of which were two firsts for the year (of two just-about-annual species) in the shape of a Water Pipit on Carr Naze (MJP) and a Hen …

29th October 2015

Two days dominated by a mild south-south-easterly airflow and good numbers of incoming late autumn migrants. Today was blustery and changeable (with rain dominating the afternoon), with counts of incoming thrushes – many of which arrived mid-morning – including 370 …

27th October 2015

A moderate south-easterly airflow with heavy cloud brought a good selection of migrants to the area today, the best of which were a Pallas’s Warbler caught in Top Scrub by the ringing team (DL, LM, CR et al) – the …

25th October 2015

A generally low-key few days with a largely south-westerly airflow encouraged some notable visible migration at least, with the observations at the Gap this morning including a Lapland Bunting and 30 Whooper Swans south and a Velvet Scoter offshore. A …

22nd October 2015

A quiet few days in the area with minimal passage noted on land and at sea. A single Sooty Shearwater was the best of the latter this morning, with Sandwich Terns moving south this morning and yesterday, when two were …

19th October 2015

A quieter day today with a general clear-out of passerine migrants, although plenty of Goldcrests and handfuls of e.g. Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps remain, as well as reasonable numbers of thrushes; four Goosander overflew the Country Park, and unusually, a Swallow …

17th October 2015

More blustery north-easterlies and finally a rare Sibe to show for it today (with apologies to the couple of dozen Yellow-brows so far this autumn), when a Pallas’s Warbler briefly appeared on the south side of Arndale (DL, MR, CB). …

16th October 2015

A reminder that Ringing Week begins tomorrow – all details here Conditions were much like yesterday, with a blustery north-easterly wind and overcast skies, but the score-sheet was appreciably busier and more varied today. Top billing went to a new …

15th October 2015

An overcast day with showers and a moderate north / north-easterly wind brought plenty of new arrivals to the area, the pick of which was a Great Grey Shrike in Long Hedge which soon made its way westwards (DL). The …

14th October 2015

Blustery north-easterlies (swinging north) and cooler, variable conditions today brought a small scattering of new arrivals, exclusively concerning species well covered over previous days. After at least four arrived yesterday, the main story involved another nine Short-eared Owls arriving in …

13th October 2015

The best of a relatively modest cast of migrants on the land today was a Firecrest in Top Scrub (MJP, PJD), with 75 Goldcrests, 25 Redwings, 30 Song Thrushes and seven Chiffchaffs also scattered. Two Short-eared Owls were over the …

12th October 2015

A north-westerly airflow with a fine morning and a stormy afternoon delivered similar species and numbers to previous days (although many of the birds were fresh-in); Goldcrests numbered at least 200, with other migrants including two new Yellow-browed Warblers together …

11th October 2015

An easterly airflow with largely fair conditions was most notable for a Goldcrest-dominated fall of migrants which began mid to late morning and continued on and off through the day. A minimum of 250 Goldcrests arrived in the northern coastal …

9th October 2015

Another mainly sunny day with a light westerly wind produced a Barred Warbler in the Country Park (SC et al), our first since 2012 of an inexplicably rare migrant in the area. 945 Pink-footed Geese went south during the day, …

8th October 2015

A finer and bright day with a westerly wind encouraged both wildfowl movements and passerine feeding activity today. Of the former, a Scaup circuited the bay and five Barnacle Geese and 400 Pink-footed Geese flew south, and of the latter, …

6th October 2015

The strong south-easterly wind dropped considerably as the day wore on, and heavy rain became intermittent with misty and occasionally brighter spells – promising conditions, which (while rarities elude us for the time being) produced a quality cast of classic …

5th October 2015

Hard work in promising but challenging conditions today, despite dawn to dusk coverage. Strong south-easterlies and heavy showers didn’t quite deliver as hoped, but did provide a total of 33 Barnacle Geese south over the sea, the first Ring Ouzel …

4th October 2015

A day of lingering high pressure and light winds on which the main feature was undoubtedly the influx of new Yellow-browed Warblers into the Country Park area (mo), with the ringing team responsible for the lion’s share in Top Scrub …

3rd October 2015

Evening update: A dark morph Honey-buzzard flew south-west in the afternoon (MJP), while a Long-tailed Skua, a Red-necked Grebe and two Mediterranean Gulls were sea-watching rewards this morning (BP, JS). Earlier: Cloudy and relatively still conditions today, and but for …

1st October 2015

High pressure continues to dominate, with a misty start soon giving way to a sunny, clear and almost windless day. Just about annual and with no records this year until today, a vocal (but elusive) Firecrest in the west hedge …