Thursday 24 October 2019

Thursday 24th October

A dank and mizzly dawn greeted four over-optimistic observers stationed on the dune ridge from where 'vis-mig' was almost non-existent, and including grounded birds, meager totals were c.30 Meadow Pipit, 11 alba wagtail, eight Skylark, six Song Thrush, four Chaffinch, three Rook and a Siskin, with c.120 Goldfinch roaming the site the only notable count. 

At sea, rafts of Wigeon, two Shoveler and a Teal sought refuge from a burst of fireworks at 07:40 near the estuary corner, which put up all waterbird in the local area and also startled the nature reserve's livestock. Authorities will be  informed of this kind of behaviour. Also at sea, three Common Scoter, two immature Eider, a Great Northern Diver and a Sandwich Tern flew in off.

The bushes held three Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Goldcrest and two Chiffchaff; and the usual single Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were present.  The day's highlight was an immature Black Redstart on the seawall and Go Karts fence briefly - the first of the autumn and second of the year here.

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