Sunday 5 November 2023

Sunday 5th November

An early morning seawatch was quiet but with an eclectic mix of species; a Balearic Shearwater east, 15 Common Scoter and the ♂ Eider on the sea and in off, a lone Barnacle Goose at 7am, 16 Knot and five Pintail.

Skywatching was equally rewarding with a spectacular passage of 18,360 Woodpigeon SW to WSW from dawn through to c.11:30, including a melanistic bird, following a partial leucistic individual yesterday. With them, 65 Jackdaw, at least 30 Stock Dove, six Rook and at one stage, a Golden Plover.

Passerine numbers also picked up with 296 Chaffinch, 169 Linnet, 90 Starling, 66 Goldfinch, 19 Meadow Pipit, 13 Greenfinch, 10 Siskin, two Lesser Redpoll and a Skylark all heading west.

Grounded migrants were thinner on the ground but included a late Wheatear with threes of Chiffchaff and Goldcrest whilst a Bullfinch was in Dead Dolphin Wood and the immature ♂ Dartford Warbler was still of the Golf Course.

In the estuary a Spoonbill on Finger Point, the Water Pipit in the saltmarsh and a late Curlew Sandpiper was amongst the 745 Dunlin. Other counts included 579 Wigeon, 332 Dark and 48 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 149 Redshank, 60 Turnstone, 55 Teal, 30 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, seven Greenshank and five additional Pintail.

Other Wildlife: Two Red Admiral and a Common Darter were still on the wing.

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