14th October 2016

Another day of brisk easterlies and thick cloud (minus the showers today) which brought good numbers of classic late autumn migrants into the area. Notable tallies included 85 Bramblings, 250 Skylarks, 40 redpolls (of which at least four were Mealy) and 600 Starlings, with thrush counts totalling seven Ring Ouzels, 620 Redwings, 140 Song Thrushes, 120 Blackbirds and two Mistle Thrushes.

Female Brambling (Mark Pearson)

Female Brambling (Mark Pearson)

The Pallas’s Warbler was reported close to yesterday’s location and seven Yellow-browed Warblers were well scattered across the northern area; other warblers included 12 Chiffchaffs and three Blackcaps. Three Tundra Bean Geese and a Long-eared Owl were at the Tip late on (DL, GD), three Wheatears were north of Reighton Sands, 160 Goldcrests occupied various northern sites, a Little Egret was at East Lea and two Short-eared Owls were in the Top Fields / North Cliff area. Two Woodcocks were recorded (after singles on several recent days) and one Stonechat remains on Carr Naze.

Male Brambling (Mark Pearson)

Male Brambling (Mark Pearson)