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).
Photos Simon Davies