Saturday 1 November 2014

Saturday 1st November

The weather conditions were spot on for some pigeon movement and they didn't disappoint with 13,440 Wood Pigeon and 69 Stock Dove high to the west mostly before 9am. Also moving west 175 Starling, 96 Jackdaw, 79 Skylark and 42 Goldfinch with smaller numbers of Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail and Chaffinch, but due to the lack of cloud any smaller passerine movment was difficult to pick up. A Woodlark in Greenland Lake first thing was the pick of the grounded migrants with 60+ Goldfinch, 50+ Linnet, 40+ Greenfinch, seven Goldcrest, three Chiffchaff, two late Wheatear and a Cirl Bunting also present on site. Elsewhere the Water Pipit was again in front of the hide, a Red-throated Diver was off the seawall and counts from the estuary included 1167 Wigeon, c600 Dunlin, 195 Brent Geese, 80+ Great Black-backed Gull, 40+ Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, the Slavonian Grebe and a Whimbrel.

 Water Pipit - Simon Thurgood

Long-tailed Tit - Dave Jewell

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