31st October 2015

Twite, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Twite, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

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 Harrier south at the Gap (KC). Other quality included a Firecrest in Top Scrub (PJD), five Lapland Buntings in off at Carr Naze (MJP) and another at the Gap (KC), two Jack Snipe in the Rocket Pole Field (DL), a Black Redstart on Carr Naze (MJP), a Ring Ouzel at the Gap, four Snow Buntings in off at Carr Naze and another five through the Gap, and a strong presence of Twite, with a minimum of 17 through at Carr Naze (including a flock of five in situ) and another south at the Gap, where two Whooper Swans and 340 Siskins were also recorded. An impressive day-count for Rock Pipits included 12 in the Brigg / Carr Naze area and 12 south at the Gap.

Water Pipit, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Water Pipit, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Two Woodcocks were in Long Lane, two Sandwich Terns were feeding off North Cliff, a Great Northern Diver and 15 Bonxies passed the Brigg, single figures of redpoll, Brambling and Siskin came in at Carr Naze, c50 Golden Plovers moved south over the Country Park, a Red Admiral was in Church Ravine, the Short-eared Owl remained at the Tip, and a dragonfly sp. was at Carr Naze Pond. There was also a report of Glossy Ibis late morning – if you have details and/or photos, please contact our recorder George (see contacts).

Sparrowhawk, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Sparrowhawk, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (30th) was dominated by heavy rain, but three Twite and a Woodcock were on Carr Naze, two Sandwich Terns were off the Brigg, three Red-breasted Mergansers went south, as did a Velvet Scoter and a Whooper Swan.