19th November 2015

A generally quiet few days, although the Whooper Swan tally continues to rise on a daily basis, with over 500 heading  south now recorded this autumn: 12 were briefly at the Dams early morning of 17th (with presumably the same 12 circling East Lea before heading south an hour or so later), 32 went south over Primrose Valley on 18th, and 23 did likewise at the Gap this morning.

Woodpigeons over the Dams this morning (Mark Pearson)

Woodpigeons over the Dams this morning (Mark Pearson)

Pink-feet are a constant presence with at least 160 in residence in the northern area, six Pintail are in amongst the Wigeon flocks at the Dams and East Lea, Great Northern Divers were off the Brigg on 17th and south on 18th, while a Velvet Scoter went south and three Twite were around Carr Naze, also on 17th. A Short-eared Owl was sadly found dead in the Top fields yesterday, while Woodpigeon movements are in the thousands most days of late (with over 4,500 this morning).

Pintails and Wigeons at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Pintails and Wigeons at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Additional news of three Whooper Swans by the road at Lowfields Caravan site on 7th.