29th October 2016

A mild day today with a light south-westerly wind was notable for wildfowl movements along the coastal strip, with a particularly good count of 14 Scaup (two into the north of the bay, 12 off the Gap), 10 White-fronted Geese west over the town, 34 Whooper Swans (in parties of one, two, 10, 15 and five) and 595 Pink-footed Geese (with double figures on most recent days) (KC, MJP, PJD). Also logged at the Gap this morning were 139 Siskins, five Yellowhammers (unfortunately notable here these days) and a late House Martin. A Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver passed the Brigg (Js, JP), while at least two Snow Buntings are in the Carr Naze area.

Whooper Swans over the town this morning (Mark Pearson)

Whooper Swans over the town this morning (Mark Pearson)

A Velvet Scoter and 89 Skylarks past the Gap were the best of yesterday (28th), while 140 Pink-feet over and the Black-tailed Godwit were recorded at the Dams on 27th.