Saturday, October 31st, 2015
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.
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).
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.