November 27th. Rain for most of the day limited activity but Blackbirds were very apparent over the west side, with 68 counted in a sample area. The late Swallow was hawking Roadside Pond and 3 Stonechat were around.
November 26th. A cold, frosty and calm morning. Near still conditions were ideal for listening for passing Siskins, Skylarks and Rock Pipits. Offshore a Little Auk flew south and a Long-tailed Duck arrived from the north and settled on the sea close in. A raft of 1600 Common Scoter were at the mouth of the Wash with another raft of 450 Common Scoter off the north end of the Reserve with 4 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Velvet Scoter and 7 Goldeneye.
November 25th. Again, sea-watching was quiet despite a slight northern element to the wind although Eider numbers showed another increase and a Great Northern Diver went north. The highlight of the morning was the arrival of 3 Bewick's Swans from the east, over the sea, then departing to the south-west. Also around were Snow Bunting, Swallow, Short-eared Owl, 5 Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine.
November 24th. A colder day with a north-westerly wind. the wind was not sufficient to create much interest at sea save for a group of 16 Little Gulls moving south, but conditions led to a much increased afternoon tide and a roost of over 15,000 waders.
November 23rd. A brilliant sunrise followed by a bright morning with a westerly breeze. Sightings from the early morning period were fairly routine at sea with a scattering of Common Scoter, Eider, Red-throated Diver and Red-breasted Merganser and a light southerly passage over the West Dunes involving Siskins, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Rock Pipits and Chaffinch with 2 Brambling. Elsewhere, the late Swallow was still present and a Hen Harrier was hunting the Old Saltmarsh. At dusk, 8 Marsh Harriers and 3 Hen Harriers came in to roost.
Ringing Control: Starling, ringed West Terschelling, Netherlands 5 June 2023, controlled GPBO 6 July 2023.
November 22nd. A return to south-westerly winds, with a bright start and good visibility. The morning flight of Common Scoter involved over 1000 moving into the Wash with a single Long-tailed Duck. Eider and Red-throated Diver numbers are also increasing and a Slavonian Grebe was on the sea before flying south. 2 Snow Buntings were mobile and a good spread of waders were feeding along the beach again. Brent Goose numbers increased to 580. Also around were 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap and the regular Swallow.
November 21st. A switch of wind direction giving a hint of north, although still quite mild but with rain and poor visibility initially. Sea-watching through the morning into the early afternoon recorded flocks of Kittiwakes moving south and totaling 213, a Great Northern Diver and 19 Red-throated Diver also south, with a Commic Tern, a Manx Shearwater and 31 Little Gull north. Offshore, 2 Long-tailed Duck were with 450 Common Scoter and a Shag was with the Cormorants. A Grey Heron and small parties of Starlings were arriving off the sea.