Scaup, Brambling and Twite

12th October 2011 – heavy/torrential rain, drier later NW4/3/2
Grounded Migrants
A Brambling – the first of the autumn, was the pick of today’s grounded birds which also included: 20 Goldcrest, 20 Greenfinch, 20 Chaffinch, 9 Wheatear, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush and a late Whinchat.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 300 Pink-footed Geese headed south at dusk.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Scaup was newly arrived and waders included 30 Greenshank.
The first 10 Twite have now returned, at least 18 Little Egret were scattered along the eastern shore, 2 Water Rail squealed and 2 Merlin hunted the finch flocks.
Just 2 Angle Shades troubled the recorder.