Monday, 30 April 2012

Early October 2011

October 10th: Generally lower numbers of most species. The Pectoral Sandpiper relocated to Jackson's Marsh. 2 Goosanders were around.

October 9th: Good wildfowl were 4 Whooper Swans, 20 Pink-footed Geese, 198 Brent Geese and a Goosander. A Red-necked Grebe went south. Goldcrests increased to 101. The Pectoral Sandpiper was relocated on the Mere.

October 8th:  Fair movement of usual seabirds, with 9 Pomarine Skuas and a Black-throated Diver being the highlights. Good waders were 3 late Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Purple Sandpipers and a Jack Snipe. 113 Pink-footed Geese and 85 Goldcrests were prominent.

October 7th: A Black-throated Diver flew north, and 3 Crossills, a Snow Bunting and a Lapland Bunting south, while 175 Pink-footed Geese were on the move. Other good birds included 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Great Skuas, a late Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatears, a Purple Sandpiper and a Green Woodpecker. A juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was found on the Mere.

October 6th: The only notable birds were a Sooty Shearwater, 370 Pink-footed Geese and 80 Gannets south.

October 5th: A first-winter Yellow-legged Gull and 51 Goldcrests were the best birds.

October 4th: Southward went 5 Great Skuas, 1200 House Martins and 6 Lapland Buntings. 5 Wheatears, a late Lesser Whitethroat, a Mediterranean Gull and 3 Pomarine Skuas added variety.

October 3rd: Offshore were 15 Arctic Skuas,  while 2 Long-tailed Skuas and 2 Pomarine Skuas headed south. Other notables were 90 Goldcrests, a Hawfinch and a Mediterranean Gull.

October 2nd: 210 Pink-footed Geese were moving and 4 Crossbills went south. A late Whitethroat, a late Whinchat, a Wheatear and a Little Owl were interesting.

October 1st: Southward movers included 21 Arctic Skuas, a Long-tailed Skua, 18 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Crossbills. Goldcrests numbered 78. A Hawfinch and a Lapland Bunting were around.

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