Monday, 30 April 2012

Late October 2011

October 31st: Flying southward were 23 Pink-footed Geese, 84 Gannets and 24 Kittiwakes. The Spoonbill and a Kingfisher were notable.

October 30th: 5 Bullfinches were interesting. A Woodcock, a Hen Harrier and the Spoonbill were around. South went 34 Whooper Swans, 68 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Great Skuas and 650 Woodpigeons.

October 29th: Movers included 17 Pink-footed Geese east and a Great Skua south. 2 Black Redstarts, a Crossbill and a Rough-legged Buzzard were the best of the rest. The Spoonbill was still present.

October 28th: More movement. South flew 3 Whooper Swans, 484 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Little Gulls, 2250 Woodpigeons and a Lapland Bunting. Variety was provided by 2 Goosanders, a Shag (not common here), 34 Gannets, a Firecrest trapped and the Spoonbill.
October 27th: The Black Swan reappeared, and the Spoonbill lingered. 2 Crossbills and a Firecrest were other notables.

October 26th: The Spoonbill, 2 Hen Harriers and a Yellow-browed Warbler were still around. A Rough-legged Buzzard and a Crossbill went south. 50 Goldcrests were prominent.

October 25th: An even better day. More winter thrushes were around and more finches flew south, including 6 Crossbills. 150 Pink-footed Geese east and 402 Brent Geese were the best wildfowl. 3 Hen Harriers, a Woodcock, a Spoonbill and a Woodlark were around. A Pallas's Warbler was found near the Heligoland trap. Other good birds were a Firecrest trapped and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers.
October 24th: An improvement. A juvenile Sabine's Gull appeared at the Seacroft end, and also offshore were 275 Gannets and 3 Great Skuas. A Goldeneye and a Wheatear were the best of the rest.

October 23rd: The Black Swan reappeared on Jackson's Marsh but otherwise low numbers predominated.

October 22nd: A few finches went south but the only other notable new bird was a Kingfisher.

October 21st: The best birds were 19 Whooper Swans, 387 Gannets south, 3 Peregrines and 2 Bearded Tits.

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