15th October 2015

Great Grey Shrike (Dan Lombard)

Great Grey Shrike (Dan Lombard)

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 unprecedented Short-eared Owl influx continued, with at least seven either coming in off the sea or heading south through the day – with nine doing the same yesterday and five the day before, that’s a minimum of 20 in just three days. A Lapland Bunting overflew the Tip, ten Whoopers Swans went south at the Gap with a further two at the Dams, a Ring Ouzel was in Short Hedge, a Velvet Scoter flew south, 170 Skylarks passed over, and Goldcrests numbered around 130 (including many new birds, with arrivals on Carr Naze throughout the day).

Additional records involved a/the Firecrest in Long Lane (J&TGD) and a Woodcock in Top Scrub yesterday, and a Wheatear at the Gap on 13th.