5th November 2015

A mild, dark and drizzly day with a southerly wind saw a surge of waders over the sea and an incoming arrival of late autumn migrants at the Brigg / Carr Naze this afternoon. Of the former, Dunlins numbered over 1oo, Sanderlings 65, Purple Sandpipers 46 and a steady procession of southbound Lapwings low over the waves totalled 173, while of the latter, fresh-in were six Woodcocks, 475 Fieldfares, 230 Redwings and 55 Blackbirds (with most of the thrushes also arriving low over the water). Two Short-eared Owls and three Twite came in off, and single Snow Bunting and Black-throated Diver went south (MJP).

Sparrowhawk (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Sparrowhawk (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Yesterday (4th) saw a Black-throated Diver off Hunmanby Gap (KC), two Tawny Owls and a Woodcock at Parish Wood, two Short-eared Owls and a Barn Owl at the Tip, and 100 Pink-feet in the same area  The ringers were busy both this morning and last, with totals as follows.

Today: 44 birds – 33 new, 11 re-traps. Goldcrest 2, Fieldfare 2, Redwing 4, Song Thrush 1, Blackbird 19 (6), Robin 2, Dunnock 2 (1), Wren 1 (1), Great Tit (1), Blue Tit (2).

Yesterday: 113 birds – 84 new, 29 re-traps. Sparrowhawk 1, Goldcrest 1, Redwing 2, Song Thrush 3, Blackbird 59 (4), Robin 4, Dunnock 4 (1), Wren 1, Chaffinch 1, Tree Sparrow 2, Long-tailed Tit (14), Great Tit 1 (2), Blue Tit 5 (9).

Additional reports include a Jack Snipe at the Tip for much of the week and c20 Whooper Swans in the bay and then south on 3rd.