7th January 2017

Waxwings were the bird of the day today, with three (a two and a one) through at East Lea (DL) and two on the Pastures estate (SB). Otherwise, East Lea & the Dams continue to hold two Chiffchaffs and three Water Rails, with 200 Wigeon and 30 Teal at the former site and no fewer than 30 Reed Buntings in the evening roost.  A large local movement of 100 Red-throated Divers (including 84 north) occurred at the gap this morning, with a Great Northern Diver, 80 Wigeon and seven Great Crested Grebes off the seafront this afternoon. A Pintail north yesterday and a Goosander north today were the best of a quiet sea, while a Snow Bunting remains on Carr Naze.

The Brigg from the Country Park (Mark Pearson)

The Brigg from the Country Park (Mark Pearson)