16th October 2015

A reminder that Ringing Week begins tomorrow – all details here

Great Grey Shrike (Mark Pearson)

Great Grey Shrike (Mark Pearson)

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 Great Grey Shrike, which (like yesterday’s bird) made landfall on Long Hedge and soon made its way westwards (MJP, DL). After a quiet few days for the species, a stealthy arrival of five new Yellow-browed Warblers saw birds at Parish Wood, Reighton Woods (two) and near Donkey Bridge (two), where there also a Firecrest (MJP, AN); another of the latter in Long Lane was perhaps the same bird reported there over the last few days. A Long-eared Owl flushed from Parish Wood (DL) was likely the same as one reported from the Arndale area shortly afterwards, the autumn’s first Black Redstart was in Long Hedge (J&TGD), Woodcocks were there and at the Tip, the Ring Ouzel remained in Short Hedge, and two new Short-eared Owls arrived. On the sea, two Balearic Shearwaters and a Black-throated Diver went north (JS, KC), a Med Gull went south, 283 Oystercatchers were in the high tide roost and a Kingfisher was on the Brigg.