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).

Honey-buzzard (Mark Pearson)

Honey-buzzard (Mark Pearson)

Earlier: Cloudy and relatively still conditions today, and but for a few more Song Thrushes, Blackbirds and Redpolls, it was otherwise pretty much as you were (see below) across the area; three Redwings arrived in the afternoon. Ringing totals to follow.

Little Egret, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Little Egret, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday’s (2nd) records included two Kingfishers on the Brigg (presumably the birds from a week or so ago, continuing an excellent year for this species), 157 Pink-footed Geese south, a White Wagtail at Carr Naze pond, a Short-eared Owl at the Tip, and common migrant totals of 25 Goldcrests, 18 Song Thrushes, 35 Siskins, 13 Redpolls, 35 Long-tailed Tits, 55 Meadow Ppits, 110 Skylarks (including 75 through), four late Swallows and eight Chiffchaffs. A good total of 230 Lapwings came in to roost at the Dams, where two Little Egrets also roosted (after spending the afternoon at East Lea).

Lapwings, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Lapwings, Dams (Mark Pearson)