Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Tuesday 3rd November

A short seawatch after dawn produced 18 Gannet, four each of Great Northern Diver, Common Scoter and Kittiwake, and a Great Crested Grebe (plus four more in the estuary).

Rain and a fresh westerly that persisted until 10:00 interrupted overhead migration that pushed through during less wet spells and then resumed after the weather cleared up and continued into the early afternoon. Passerines moved at various heights and in different directions, and given the conditions only approximations and underestimates were possible. The main event was 5,980 Woodpigeon (WSW) accompanied by an unusually small proportion of six Stock Dove.  The first big movement of the late-autumn and right on time in comparison to previous mass movements of pigeons spp.  

Also on the move, 85+ Chaffinch (NE & SW), 45+ Skylark (W), 35+ Meadow Pipit (including grounded birds); 28 Siskin (NE & SW), 23 Lesser Black-backed Gull (S), 17 Jackdaw (W), six Rook (NE & SW), three Grey Wagtail (NE) and two Lesser Redpoll (NE).

A vocal Yellow-browed Warbler moved NE through the Entrance Bushes and behind Crocus Compound at c.10:15, where there was also a showy vocal Firecrest. A mixed feeding flock contained 15 Long-tailed Tit, 13 Blue Tit and three Great Tit, and scattered in wooded areas were four Goldcrest, three Chiffchaff, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Song Thrush, a Coal Tit and a Bullfinch.

Around Greenland Lake and surrounding brambles, the finch flock swelled a little with assumed grounded migrants to include 49 Goldfinch and 24 Greenfinch, and in this area there was also two Song Thrush, two Reed Bunting and the year's second Yellowhammer. A flock of 14 Linnet favoured the golf course. Also six Stonechat, two Kestrel and two Raven on site.

Only a few counts were made of waterbirds in the estuary on the ebbing spring tide, these were 292 Dark-bellied Brent Goose plus 24 Pale-bellied Brent Goose. Also 219 Redshank, 114 Turnstone and the resident Slavonian Grebe in its inimitable version of winter-plumage. 
 At low tide, 35 Cattle Egret were out on the estuary in the mid afternoon.

Wildlife news: a couple of Red Admiral were on the wing at lunchtime.

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