Red-crested Pochard!

18th November 2018 – bright and sunny ENE3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 2 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved: 12 Redwing and 7 Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
Again some late movement was evident with 425 Starling, 410 Pink-footed Goose, 30 Meadow Pipit, 14 Skylark, 12 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch, 5 Whooper Swan, 3 Siskin and 3 Brambling.
Wildfowl and Waders
A female Red-crested Pochard was newly arrived and the 3 Scaup remain amongst 13 Goldeneye. Waders included 4 Greenshank and 4 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Birds of prey were again prominent with a Buzzard, 4 Sparrowhawk and single Barn Owl, Merlin and Kestrel logged.

Hen Harrier and Scaup

17th November 2018 – sunny spells E3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed just 6 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved: 61 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare and 4 Song Thrush. Also seen were 2 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Surprisingly prominent with 1030 Pink-footed Goose, 620 Starling, 100 Meadow Pipit, 33 Linnet, 12 Skylark, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Siskin, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Rock Pipit and 2 Brambling.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 3 Scaup remain and waders included 4 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Birds of prey were also prominent with a ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 2 Merlin, 2 Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel logged. A group of 30 Twite were also logged.
Ringing
Several colour-ringed Cormorant were seen.

Black Brant reappears

16th November 2018 – overcast/misty/murky SE3
Rarities
The Black Brant was again amongst 50 pale-bellied and 8 dark-bellied Brent Geese at Snab Sands – feeding on the rising tide.
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed just 4 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved: 15 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush and 3 Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds remain on the move with 14 Chaffinch, 8 Meadow Pipit and 5 Woodpigeon logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 58 Barnacle Geese were newly arrived, the 3 Scaup remain and waders included 4 Greenshank and 4 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Barn Owl was hunting at dawn and the 38 Twite remain.
Ringing
The Barnacle Goose flock held 3 colour-ringed birds – hopefully details will follow. The Brent Goose flock held 2 colour-ringed birds ringed in the Canadian Arctic.

End of season feel continues

12th November 2018 – sun and showers SSE4
Offshore
The sea provided 19 Common Scoter, 16 Razorbill and 11 Shag.
Diurnal Migration
Two Whooper Swan flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 144 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Shoveler and 3 Scaup.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail was the best of the rest.

Very limited autumn fare

11th November 2018 – overcast/rain SSE4
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 21 Razorbill, 19 Common Scoter, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Red-throated Diver and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 4 Redwing and 4 Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
Two Brambling were amongst a few Chaffinch and 19 Pink-footed Geese were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 75 pale-bellied and a single dark-bellied bird. The 3 Scaup remain and waders included 4 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Woodcock.

Black Brant returns

10th November 2018 – early rain S1 then SSE3
Rarities
The returning Black Brant was amongst 119 pale-bellied and 52 dark-bellied Brent Geese feeding at Snab Sands on the rising tide.
Offshore
Early morning observations (0815-0915) produced 35 Kittiwake, 29 Common Scoter, 5 Razorbill, 2 Gannet and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Diurnal Migration
Corvids remain on the move early morning with 110 Jackdaw, 12 Carrion Crow and a Hooded Crow logged. Three Whooper Swan headed south
Wildfowl and Waders
The 3 Scaup remain and waders included 8 Greenshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit and single Woodcock and Jack Snipe.
Miscellaneous
Three Merlin and a Barn Owl were the best of the rest.

Purple Sandpiper

9th November 2018 – overcast SE5/6
Offshore
Early morning observations (0815-0915) produced just 14 Razorbill, 12 Common Scoter and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 10 Fieldfare.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 5 Shoveler and 3 Scaup while 7 Greenshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and a Purple Sandpiper were the pick of the waders logged.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock held 38 birds and single Merlin and Barn Owl were the best of the rest.
Mammals
A Otter continued the recent run of annual sightings.

Lightweight migration

5th October 2018 – overcast E2/3
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 7 Fieldfare and a Redwing. Also seen were single Blackcap and Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A hint of passage produced 60 Pink-footed Goose, 40 Chaffinch, 12 Meadow Pipit, 12 Skylark, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 Brambling and a Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Woodcock was recorded.
Miscellaneous
A total of 15 Mute Swan contained five colour-ringed birds.

Quiet day

4th November 2018 – overcast/drizzle SSE3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0800-0900) produced 110 Common Scoter, 14 Razorbill, 11 Kittiwake, 5 Red-breasted Merganser and a Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 6 Redwing and a Fieldfare. A Goldcrest was the only other evidence of grounded birds.
Diurnal Migration
Limited to 30 Jackdaw and 2 Rock Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 100 pale-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
It has been a good autumn for Treecreeper with another bird logged. Peregrine and Merlin were the best of the rest.