Monday, 30 April 2012

Mid October 2012

October 20th: A Black Swan on Tennyson Sands was a curiosity. Other good birds were 2 Jack Snipes, a Hen Harrier, 54 Whooper Swans and 2 Crossbills. Southward movement included 412 Skylarks and 486 Goldfinches.

October 19th: Hen Harrier numbers increased to 2, and a Goosander, 2 Pomarine Skuas and a Yellow-browed Warbler provided variety. 65 Whooper Swans and 670 Pink-footed Geese flew south.

October 18th: Further southward movement included 2870 Woodpigeons, 930 Goldfinches and 3 Crossbills. Other good birds were a Jay, 23 Whooper Swans and a Hen Harrier.

October 17th: Wildfowl included 18 Whooper Swans, 176 Pink-footed Geese and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose. South went 200 Gannets, a Little Auk, 2400 Woodpigeons, 890 Goldfinches and a Lapland Bunting. A Hen Harrier and 29 Crossbills added interest.

October 16th: Interesting birds ringed were a Cetti's Warbler netted at Aylmer Avenue and 7 Grey Partridges caught in the Heligoland trap. Southward movers included 425 Skylarks, 585 Goldfinches, 236 Skylarks and a Lapland Bunting. Other notable birds were 2 Peregrines, 250 Goldcrests, 8 Crossbills and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers.

October 15th: A bit quieter today. Pink-footed Geese numbered 338, and other noteable birds were a Hen Harrier, a late Hobby south, 3 Great Skuas south, 160 Goldcrests, a Garden Warbler trapped, 8 Crossbills and a Yellow-browed Warbler.

October 14th: Numbers of Pink-footed Geese increased to 235, and of Brent Geese to 250. A Long-eared Owl was new in, and a Hen Harrier, a lateish trapped Reed Warbler, a Great Grey Shrike, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 4 Ring Ouzels, a Lapland Bunting and 18 Crossbills added variety. Goldcrests increased to 120 and winter thrushes were quite numerous.

October 13th: A lot of good new birds arrived. A Scaup, 4 Velvet Scoter, a Hen Harrier and 2 Woodcock added a wintery feel. Scarcer birds were represented by 3 Bean Geese south, a Woodlark, a Firecrest, a Little Owl (uncommon here), a Grey Shrike Spp (probably a Great Grey Shrike), 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Red-breasted Flycatcher (north of Aylmer Avenue). Movers included 17 Crossbills, 12 Whooper Swans and 60 Pink-footed Geese, while Brent Geese built up to 214.

October 12th: More winter thrushes appeared, with a Ring Ouzel to add variety. A Redstart was trapped. 30 Whooper Swans and 11 Pink-footed Geese were on the move. A Kingfisher and 5 more Crossbills south were of note.

October 11th: A good number and variety of finches were moving, including 37 Crossbills. 4 Whooper Swans went south and Goldcrests numbered 45.

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