Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Late December 2011

December 31st: The Hooded Crow was still present. A Great Skua and a Pink-footed Goose flew south. 2 Hen Harriers were present.

December 30th: Golden Plovers totalled 2000 and Lapwings 880. A late Arctic Skua and a Lapland Bunting headed south. Other good birds were 5 Waxwings, the Spoonbill and a Hooded Crow.

December 29th: 300 Pink-footed Geese and the Spoonbill were the only notable birds.

December 28th: The only new bird of interest was a Glaucous Gull.

December 27th: A Waxwing went south. Geese included 2 Bean and 480 Pink-footed. High totals were 4000 Golden Plovers, 678 Lapwings and 260 Fieldfares. A Blackcap, a Hen Harrier and the Spoonbill were of note.

December 26th: Golden Plovers numbered 2500, Lapwings 410 and Pink-footed Geese 46. A Water Pipit, a Lapland Bunting west, 2 Woodcocks, a Blackcap, a Corn Bunting and the Spoonbill added variety.

December 25th: Southward movers were 5 Whooper Swans and a Waxwing. A Firecrest was new. 700 Pink-footed Geese, a Scaup, a Woodcock and the Spoonbill were the best of the rest.

December 24th: Wildfowl included a Scaup, 47 White-fronted Geese and 651 Pink-footed Geese. 135 Cormorants, the Spoonbill and 27 Corn Buntings were notable.

December 23rd: 16 Great Crested Grebes flew south. 37 White-fronted Geese and a Pink-footed Goose remained. A Scaup and the Spoonbill were other good birds.

December 22nd: On Croftmarsh were 4000 Golden Plovers and 590 Lapwings. 13 Great Crested Grebes headed south. Other high numbers included 6 Woodcocks, 25 Snow Buntings, 9 Lapland Buntings, 45 Corn Buntings and 100 White-fronted Geese. Other notables were a Waxwing, a Hooded Crow, the Spoonbill, 2 Snow Buntings and the rediscovered Richard's Pipit.

December 21st: On Croftmarsh were 800 Golden Plovers. Flying south to roost were 400 Pink-footed Geese and 50 White-fronted Geese.

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