Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Early November 2011

November 10th: Notable new birds were 9 Waxwings, a Woodcock and a Purple Sandpiper. Goldcrests numbered 48, while 4 Chiffchaffs and 3 Blackcaps lingered. Also around were 9 Whooper Swans, a Hen Harrier and a Woodcock. 640 Pink-footed Geese went northwest.

November 9th: Southward flew 30 Pink-footed Geese and a Crossbill. Good new birds included 2 Slavonian Grebes, while a Hen Harrier, a Firecrest, a Spoonbill and a Snow Bunting provided variety.

November 8th: Thrushes remained prominent, with 2400 Blackbirds, 466 Fieldfares and 525 Redwings still around. 115 Robins, 3 Snow Buntings, a Woodcock, 4 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps and 26 Pink-footed Geese west were of note.

November 7th: A big arrival of thrushes, including 5000 Blackbirds, 310 Fieldfares and 563 Redwings. Other good birds were a Kingfisher, a Shorelark, 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, a Black Redstart and a Snow Bunting.

November 6th: An excellent day. Wildfowl included 5 Whooper Swans south, 3 Bewick's Swans south, a Black Swan, 641 Pink-footed Geese, 410 Brent Geese, 3 Scaup north and a Velvet Scoter. Seabirds were represented by 26 Red-throated Divers, 145 Gannets, 33 Little Gulls north, 106 Kittiwakes north, a Little Auk north, a Black-throated Diver south and 2 Pomarine Skuas north. The best of the rest were a Hen Harrier, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Black Redstart, a Twite south, 8 Crossbills, 8 Snow Buntings, 2 Corn Buntings, a Jay and a Purple Sandpiper.

November 5th: On the move were 34 Whooper Swans and 2290 Pink-footed Geese south, and 3 Great Skuas north. A Great Grey Shrike, 2 Woodcocks, 14 Little Gulls, 43 Goldcrests, 2 Twites, 2 Snow Buntings and a Spoonbill were around.

November 4th: South flew 12 Brent Geese, 10 Gannets, 2 Great Skuas, 27 Little Gulls and a Pomarine Skua, and east 142 Pink-footed Geese, while 65 Lapwings came in off the sea. A Shorelark and a Spoonbill were of note.

November 3rd: A Crossbill, a Snow Bunting and 435 Brent Geese were around. 57 Pink-footed Geese flew west, and 890 Woodpigeons and 3 Swallows south.

November 2nd: The best birds were 26 Pink-footed Geese south and the lingering Spoonbill.

November 1st: Moving birds included 13 Whooper Swans, 8 Pink-footed Geese, a Little Gull, a Great Skua, 135 Kittiwakes, 248 Skylarks, a Shorelark, a Swallow and a Lapland Bunting south. A Common Crane, a Hen Harrier, a Blackcap and a Spoonbill were around.

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