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 Blackbirds, 110 Redwings, 80 Fieldfares and 15 Song Thrushes. Woodcocks were in top Scrub, Long Lane and off the Brigg, while a Short-eared Owl was along North Cliff and 135 Skylarks and 10 Bramblings arrived in the northern area and a Lapland Bunting overflew the Gap.

Short-eared Owl (Mark Pearson)

Short-eared Owl (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (28th) saw an impressive arrival of thrushes before the heavy rain set in late morning, and (especially) for the last hour of light – combined minimum totals consisted of 1350 Blackbirds, 1100 Redwings, 470 Fieldfares, 25 Song Thrushes and a Ring Ouzel. A notably high count of 17 Goldeneyes were in the bay corner, a total of 130 Wigeon were in the bay, two Woodcocks were on Carr Naze, and a locally rare Merveille du Jour moth was caught at Hunmanby Gap (KC).

Merveille du Jour (Nick Carter)

Single Red-necked Grebe, Little Auk and Med Gull went south off the Brigg in the morning, while the ringers caught an impressive 73 birds (68 new, 5 re-traps): Goldcrest 4, Chiffchaff 1, Brambling 12, Bullfinch 1, Greenfinch (2), Robin (2), Blackbird 31, Redwing 12, Song Thrush 2, Long-tailed Tit 5 (1).