Saturday, 2 September 2017

30th and 31st August

A brisk SW wind was the main feature of the day on the 30th and while this didn’t equate to many grounded migrants it was excellent conditions for some visible migration with 880 Meadow Pipits and 130 alba Wagtails the main event – although this is bound to be an underestimate of the true numbers.   There was a selection of other landbirds to be seen through the day, albeit very thinly spread with the first Pied Flycatcher of the autumn at Rue, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Goldcrest, a Grey Wagtail in Nouster, 5 Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Whinchat, 21 Sand Martins and 4 Collared Doves.

                Offshore, counts included 20 Sooty Shearwaters, 6 Manx Shearwaters and the first Great-northern Diver of the autumn while other birds of note comprised 4 Herons, an influx of 84 Teal and 7 Gadwall, the Marsh Harrier still floating around, a Kestrel, 160 Lapwings and 26 Black-tailed Godwits.   Also worth a mention was a probable American Golden Plover which came in off the sea over the seawatch hide and headed south but unfortunately despite extensive searching it could not be re-found.


                The wind had dropped right off to almost nothing on the 31st leaving a very pleasant day to be out in the field; the main feature of the day was the kicking off in style of the autumn’s seawatching with a single Great Shearwater north past the seawatch hide at lunchtime along with 69 Sooty Shearwaters, 49 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Storm Petrels, a Great-northern Diver and 6 Red-throated Diver.   Other highlights through the day included the Holland Barred Warbler reappearing in a mist net, the first Lapland Bunting of the autumn at Nether Linney, the Marsh Harrier still and some more visible migration with the first 2 Rock Pipits of the autumn with 126 Swallows, 871 Meadow Pipits and 146 alba Wagtails logged.

                The very few grounded migrants included 12 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Garden Warblers, a Whinchat and a Robin while 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels and a Peregrine bombed around.   Also of note were 42 Black-tailed Godwits, a Grey Plover, 39 Teal and 23 Wigeon (a bit of an influx).

Lapland Bunting


Photos Simon Davies

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