Short-eared Owls arrive

25th October 2011 – sunny spells SE5/4/3
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 17 Blackbird, 9 Redwing and 3 Mistle Thrush, other sightings included 14 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest and single Chiffchaff and Stonechat.
Diurnal Migration
A slight drop in the wind saw a few birds on the move early morning with 350 Starling, 300 Jackdaw, 20 Greenfinch, 12 Woodpigeon, 10 Chaffinch, 8 Whooper Swan and single Grey Wagtail, Lesser Redpoll and Tree Sparrow logged .
Wildfowl and Waders
Teal, Shelduck and Wigeon numbers continue to build slowly and a few Greenshank continue to linger.
Birds of prey included 2 Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Peregrine, Merlin, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. The Twite flock has increased to 40 birds and a Water Rail squealed.