Eerily quiet in the skies

21st October 2019 – bright and sunny N1/2
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 275 Redwing, 57 Fieldfare, 6 Blackbird and a Mistle Thrush while warblers were again limited to a solitary Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Variety rather than quantity with 1625 Pink-footed Goose, 750 Jackdaw, 31 Tree Sparrow, 25 Skylark, 16 Linnet, 14 Chaffinch, 12 Meadow Pipit, 12 Carrion Crow, 12 Pied Wagtail, 11 Whooper Swan, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Greenfinch, 5 Brambling, 2 Swallow, 2 Siskin and single Bullfinch, Lesser Redpoll and Reed Bunting.
Wildfowl and Waders
Several Greenshank were logged.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

First Brambling and Fieldfare

20th October 2019 – bright start then showers N1
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed a Goosander.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 195 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare and 2 Mistle Thrush while warblers were limited to a solitary Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Again relatively quiet with 600 Jackdaw, 595 Pink-footed Goose, 40 Tree Sparrow, 20 Long-tailed Tit, 13 Whooper Swan, 10 Meadow Pipit and a Brambling.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first Goldeneye have returned and the Brent Goose flock held 219 pale-bellied and 9 dark-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
Best of the rest were 2 Barn Owl, 2 Peregrine and single Merlin and Hooded Crow.

Hooded Crow puts in another appearance

19th October 2019 – bright and sunny/V1, showers by evening
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed 5 Shag while 2 Velvet Scoter were also reported.
Grounded Migrants
Again grounded birds were at a premium, early morning thrushes involved 20 Redwing and 3 Song Thrush while warblers were limited to 12 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Disappointingly quiet with just 315 Pink-footed Goose, 265 Jackdaw, 55 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipit, 30 Tree Sparrow, 10 Pied Wagtail, 9 Reed Bunting, 5 Greenfinch, 4 Siskin and single Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail and Lesser Redpoll recorded through the morning in the seemingly ideal conditions .
Miscellaneous
The reappearance of the Hooded Crow was the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
A Red Admiral was on the wing.

A quiet day

18th October 2019 – overcast ESE2
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed 3 Shag and 2 Goosander.
Grounded Migrants
Little of note, early morning thrushes were limited to 3 Song Thrush and obviously grounded birds were limited to 12 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Notwithstanding 1140 Jackdaw, it was a quiet morning with just 70 Meadow Pipit, 21 Pied Wagtail, 20 Skylark, 18 Linnet, 14 Tree Sparrow, 9 Reed Bunting. 5 Siskin, 4 Greenfinch and single Swallow, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail and Twite logged.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was again the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
Red Admiral remain on the wing.

It’s been a Treecreeper autumn

17th October 2019 – bright and sunny SE4/5
Grounded Migrants
An exceptional seventh Treecreeper of the autumn was amongst 10 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds battled the elements with 205 Jackdaw, 110 Meadow Pipit, 54 Skylark, 44 Linnet, 15 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch, 8 Reed Bunting, 3 Grey Wagtail and a Tree Sparrow amongst the species logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 22 Pintail were seen.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
Both Painted Lady and Red Admiral remain on the wing.

Brent Goose numbers continue to build

16th October 2019 – rain clearing S3 then W3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea as the rain cleared (0830-0930) produced 122 Razorbill, 112 Common Scoter, 5 Teal and 4 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Warblers involved 10 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff and a Blackcap. Early morning thrushes were limited to a solitary Redwing.
Diurnal Migration
Three Swallow and single Grey Wagtail and Twite were amongst a light passage.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 220 light-bellied birds which included at least 42 juveniles.
Ringing
The recently sighted Curlew had been colour-ringed at Dolydd Hafren, Montgomeryshire, Wales on 2nd April 2016.

Firecrest and Short-eared Owls

15th October 2019 – overcast then sunny spells V1/2
Grounded Migrants
A Firecrest was amongst 12 Goldcrest but otherwise sightings involved 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and a Wheatear. Early morning thrushes involved 14 Redwing and 5 Song Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
Visible migration was less prominent than yesterday but still produced 670 Pink-footed Goose, 390 Jackdaw, 160 Meadow Pipit, 110 Starling, 54 Linnet, 50 Skylark, 43 Pied Wagtail, 30 Tree Sparrow, 36 Chaffinch, 11 Reed Bunting, 8 Greenfinch, 7 Swallow, 5 Rook, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail and single Collared Dove.
Miscellaneous
Three Short-eared Owl were the best of the rest.
Ringing
A colour ringed Curlew was noted, details are awaited.

Marsh Harrier

14th October 2019 – overcast then sunny spells E2
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds remained in short supply with just 14 Goldcrest and a Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Visible migration dominated the days sightings and were led by a Marsh Harrier heading south at 1130hrs. Also seen were 3760 Meadow Pipit, 1090 Pink-footed Goose, 560 Skylark, 400 Jackdaw, 315 Pied Wagtail, 123 Linnet, 65 Chaffinch, 54 Swallow, 44 Carrion Crow, 40 Starling, 22 Reed Bunting, 20 Goldfinch, 13 Tree Sparrow, 8 House Martin, 5 Siskin, 4 Greenfinch and single Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipit and Mistle Thrush.
Miscellaneous
Two Merlin were the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
A few Red Admiral were on the wing and Brick was new for the year.

Late Whimbrel

13th October 2019 – overcast/rain soon E2/3
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 5 Redwing and 2 Song Thrush otherwise there were just three Goldcrest seen
Diurnal Migration
Birds were on the move between dawn and rain starting with totals of 150 Meadow Pipit, 63 Chaffinch, 55 Pink-footed Goose, 32 Whooper Swan, 22 Linnet, 14 Skylark, 6 Reed Bunting, 4 Tree Sparrow and single Swallow, Grey Wagtail and Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 109 pale-bellied Brent Goose and 45 Pintail while a Whimbrel was the pick of the waders.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.