Pale-bellied Brent Geese return

19th October 2011 – sunshine and early morning heavy showers NW5/6
A quick check over the sea early morning produced just small numbers of Gannet, Kittiwake, Common Scoter and Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
A few birds were grounded by several heavy showers early morning sightings included: 30 Greenfinch, 20 Chaffinch, 10 Tree Sparrow, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Goldcrest and a Brambling.
Diurnal Migration
Birds on the move were limited to 50 Skylark and a group of 5 Whooper Swan.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Long-tailed Duck remains and 71 pale-bellied Brent Goose have now returned for the winter.
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Little Owl were all logged.
Brambling – easily identified as a first-winter male due to the renewed alula being the same glossy black as the renewed greater coverts which contrast with the duller primary coverts.