Saturday, 8 October 2016

5th-6th October

The last couple of days have been a bit frustrating to say the least, with plenty of birds on the East coast the general feeling was that we'd missed out on the pickings of the good birds before things picked up on the 6th with a little flurry of scarcer migrants, we're still missing that biggy but we feel it's just around the corner!
Passerine highlights were 26 Blackcap on the 6th, along with 9 Yellow-browed Warblers, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 68 Goldcrest, 9 Chaffinch, 24 Brambling, singles of Common Rosefich and Goldfinch, 61 Snow Buntings and the Firecrest reamined in Holland over the two days. The 5th was quiter passerine wise only providing 9 Robin and a Lesser Whitethroat as it's higher totals.
Wildfowl continued its flow South, 148 Barnacle Geese saw a slight stemming to the flow of the previous days, as did the 96 Pink-footed Geese, the 6th saw that flow decrease further, with even less moving, however 4 Whooper Swans on the 5th were a bit of a surprise.
Otherwise Wildfowl numbers would climb to 252 Wigeon and 341 Teal, even the Long-tailed Duck on Brides gained a friend! A blogworthy count of 288 Great Black-backed Gulls showed signs of our first weather driven birds this autumn, they didn't contain a customary white winger but it's perhaps a little early yet!
Other noteables included more Thrushes, 44 Blackbirds, 47 Song Thrush, 13 Fieldfare, 75 Redwing and single Mistle Thrush gave the island a distictly autumanal feel.
Waders pushed the numbers up, singles of Ruff and Curlew Sandpiper were present on both dates, as was the Grey Phalarope on Gretchen, a second Phal was seen off of Brides on the 5th. Snipe and Jack Snipe numbers are also on the climb, with 405 and 9 being counted respectivly.
Right, into the good stuff! A whopping 6 Little Buntings in various locations, bought that little something we'd been missing as did our 2nd Ortolan Bunting of the autumn at Kirbest, it was less brief than the first with multiple observers seeing it, but they're not very obliging!
Little Bunting - Larissa Simulik

Redwing - George Gay

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