Tuesday, 29th October 2013

A cracking juvenile Pomarine Skua flew west out of the bay this morning and the first Woodcock of the Autumn was recorded. Also of note was a flock of 40 Twite on the saltmarsh; we don`t usually get this sort of number here until mid/late November.

Offshore

2 Shelducks west, 18 Common Scoters west, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser east, 3 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Gannet west, 2 Great Crested Grebes west, 1 juvenile Pomarine Skua west, 45 Kittiwakes west, 37 Little Gulls west, 4 Guillemots, 1 Razorbill and 22 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration 

2 Whooper Swans south.

Grounded Migrants 

1 Woodcock, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrushes and 3 Redwings.

Others:

1 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 110 Sanderlings, 16 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Med. Gull and 40 Twite.

Little Grebes

Monday, 28th October 2013

Offshore
23 Common Scoters west, 1 Velvet Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser west, 5 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Gannet west, 1 Great Skua west, 23 Kittiwakes west, 11 Little Gulls west,  5 Guillemots, 1 Razorbill and 16 Auk sp. west.

Further observation over the afternoon tide produced 1 Gannet west, 1 Great Crested Grebe west, 38 Kittiwakes west and 63 Little Gulls west.

Grounded Migrants

1 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush and 4 Redwings.

Others 

420 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Gadwalls, 1 Goldeneye, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Peregrine, 93 Grey Plovers, 250 Knot, 70 Dunlins, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Med. Gulls and 1 Stonechat.

Kestrel

Sunday, 27th October 2013

Offshore 
5 Wigeon west, 48 Common Scoters west, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser west, 3 Red-throated Divers west, 2 Gannets west, 1 Great Crested Grebe west, 34 Kittiwakes west, 24 Little Gulls west, 5 Guillemots west, 1 Razorbill west and 46 Auk sp. west.

:Visible Migration
2 Alba Wagtails south, 3 Meadow Pipits south and 4 Goldfinch south.

Grounded Migrants:
3 Goldcrests, 1 abietinus Chiffchaff, 7 Blackbirds, 3 Song Thrushes and 8 Redwings.
 
 abietinus Chiffchaff

Others
2 Gadwalls, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 55 Golden Plovers, 7 Black-tailed Godwits and 1 Stonechat.

Ringing
1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Blue Tits, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Greenfinch and 2 Goldfinch.
 
abietinus Chiffchaff

Saturday, 26th October 2013

Offshore
55 Teal east, 80 Pintails east, 45 Common Scoters west, 1 Velvet Scoter, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers west, 2 Great Crested Grebes west, 7 Kittiwakes west, 1 Little Gull west, 3 Guillemots west and 7 Auk sp. west. Also one Atlantic Grey Seal.

Visible Migration 
12 Skylarks south, 9 Alba Wagtails south, 46 Meadow Pipits south, 28 Chaffinch south, 7 Goldfinch south and 5 Reed Buntings south.

Grounded Migrants 
3 Goldcrests, 5 Blackbirds, 5 Song Thrushes, 4 Redwings and 2 Reed Buntings.

Others 
480 Pink-footed Geese, 500 Teal, 2 Gadwalls, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rails, 31 Ringed Plovers, 175 Golden Plovers, 63 Grey Plovers, 90 Sanderlings, 75 Dunlins, 1 Jack Snipe, 13 Snipe, 33 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Med. Gulls, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Little Owl and 26 Greenfinches.
 
 Sanderlings
 
 Gadwall

Ringing 
1 Robin, 3 Wrens, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch and 3 Reed Buntings.
 
 Reed Bunting

Friday, 25th October 2013

Offshore 
11 Wigeon west, 7 Pintails west, 55 Common Scoters, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Guillemots and 4 Auk sp. west. Also 1 Atlantic Grey Seal.

Visible Migration
1 Sparrowhawk south, 55 Jackdaws south, 4 Carrion Crows south, 5 Skylarks south, 1,068 Starlings west, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 2 Alba Wagtails south, 13 Meadow Pipits south, 34 Chaffinch south, 11 Greenfinch south, 7 Goldfinch south and 18 Linnets south.

Grounded Migrants 
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackbirds, 3 Song Thrushes and 3 Redwings.

Others 
800 Teal, 350 Wigeon, 2 Gadwalls, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine, 47 Ringed Plovers, 215 Golden Plovers, 800 Lapwings, 120 Sanderlings, 17 Black-tailed Godwits and 6 Rock Pipits.
 
  Sanderlings

Ringing
1 Goldcrest and 1 Goldfinch.
 
 Goldcrest

Thursday, 24th October 2013

With light winds and clear skies over the peninsular it was a "vis" day today. The main species on the move was Skylark with small parties moving south through much of the day and the days total was 359. The highlight was a Lapland Bunting which flew west along the coast calling, making it the 200th species to be recorded at the Obs this year.

Offshore
38 Common Scoters west, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers west, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 juv Shag west, 6 Kittiwakes west, 5 Little Gulls, 2 Guillemots west and 9 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
19 Whooper Swans south, 1 Sparrowhawk south, 17 Woodpigeons east, 94 Jackdaws south, 7 Carrion Crows south, 359 Skylarks south, 53 Starlings south, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 25 Alba Wagtails south, 118 Meadow Pipits south, 2 Rock Pipits east, 113 Chaffinch south, 4 Brambling south, 46 Greenfinch south, 36 Goldfinch south, 2 Siskins east, 8 Linnets south, 1 Twite east, 2 Redpolls south, 1 Lapland Bunting west and 15 Reed Buntings south.
 
 Skylarks

Grounded Migrants
3 Goldcrests, 2 Song Thrushes and 7 Redwings.
 
 Goldcrest

Others 
750 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Barnacle Geese, 194 Teals, 166 Wigeons, 1 Water Rail, 13 Little Grebes, 51 Ringed Plovers, 155 Sanderlings, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 162 Lapwings, 300 Turnstones, 2 Med. Gulls, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Barn Owl and 2 Rock Pipits.
 
Sanderlings

Ringing 
1 Goldcrest, 3 Wrens, 1 Robin, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch and 1 Goldfinch.
 
Goldfinch

Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

Offshore
16 Wigeon west, 37 Pintails west, 12 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-breasted Merganser west, 4 Gannets west, 3 Red-throated Divers west, 4 Great Crested Grebes west, 49 Kittiwakes west, 28 Little Gulls west, 4 Guillemots west, 2 Razorbills west and 28 Auk sp. west.

Grounded Migrants
2 Goldcrests, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Redwings.

Others:
800 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Barnacle Geese, 470 Wigeons, 500 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 42 Ringed Plovers, 500 Sanderlings - including a colour ringed bird, 260 Turnstones and 1 Stonechat.
 
 Stonechat
 
 Sanderlings and Turnstones

Tuesday, 22nd October 2013

Offshore:
26 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-breasted Merganser west, 4 Red-throated Divers west & 1 on the sea, 1 Kittiwake west, 1 Guillemot west and 5 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
4 Skylarks south, 11 Fieldfares east, 8 Redwings east, 3 Meadow Pipits south, 98 Chaffinch east/south-east, 4 Bramblings east/south-east, 26 Greenfinch east/south-east, 22 Goldfinch east/south-east, 1 Siskin east and 1 Reed Bunting east.

Grounded Migrants 
6 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrushes, 11 Redwings and 1 Wheatear.

Others 
1,000 Pink-footed Geese, 1 juvenile Greenland White-fronted Goose, 6 Barnacle Geese, 580 Wigeons, 450 Teal, 2 Pintails, 3 Shovelers, 1 Little Egret, 58 Ringed Plovers, 620 Sanderlings, 44 Black-tailed Godwits, 360 Turnstones and 3 Med. Gulls.
 
 Sanderlings and Turnstones

Ringing
2 Greenfinch.
 
 Robin

Monday, 21st October 2013

Offshore
4 Pintails west, 16 Common Scoters west, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Kittiwakes west and 3 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
3 Meadow Pipits south, 68 Chaffinch south/south-east, 23 Greenfinches south/south-east and 27 Goldfinch south/south-east.

Grounded Migrants
2 Goldcrests, 20 Blackbirds, 11 Song Thrushes, 23 Redwings and 1 Wheatear.

Others 
43 Ringed Plovers, 400 Sanderlings and 230 Turnstones.
 
 Sanderlings
 
 Turnstone

Ringing 
1 Great Tit, 2 Blackbirds, 1 Robin, 12 Greenfinch and 4 Goldfinch.
 
 Robin

Sunday, 20th October 2013

Frustration today with a Yellow-browed Warbler that was heard only. It seemed to be following a rapidly moving party of Long-tailed Tits through thick cover and was heard to call twice but could not be located.

Offshore 
5 Wigeons west, 17 Eiders, 31 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
1 Short-eared Owl south, 24 Jackdaws south, 2 Blackbirds south-east, 2 Mistle Thrushes south-east, 1 Redwing south, 5 Fieldfares south, 7 Tree Sparrows south-west, 4 Meadow Pipits south, 17 Alba Wagtails south, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 58 Chaffinch east/south-east, 9 Greenfinches east/south-east, 6 Goldfinch east/south-east, 1 Linnet south and 1 Reed Bunting south.

Grounded Migrants 
10 Goldcrests, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler heard only, 2 Chiffchaffs, 21 Blackbirds, 3 Fieldfares, 7 Song Thrushes, 30 Redwings, 1 new Stonechat and 2 Wheatears.
 
 Stonechat

Others
230 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 42 Ringed Plovers, 260 Sanderlings, 10 Snipe, 375 Turnstones, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Stonechat, 5 Rock Pipits and 120 Goldfinch.
 
 Stonechat

Ringing
1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwings and 1 Chaffinch.
 
 Song Thrush

Saturday, 19th October 2013

The main feature today was an arrival of Wigeon, with many moving west offshore and a large flock of 500 on the marshes.
 
Offshore 
222 Wigeons west, 12 Teal west, 9 Pintails west, 274 Common Scoters west, 1 Velvet Scoter still present, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers west & 4 on the sea, 3 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Gannet west, 2 Great Crested Grebes west, 1 Arctic Skua west, 1 Guillemot and 7 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration 
1 Buzzard south, 21 Lapwings west high offshore, 2 Skylarks east, 1 Starling 'in off', 1 Redwing south-east, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 3 Alba Wagtails south, 7 Meadow Pipits south/south-east, 3 Rock Pipits south, 23 Chaffinch east/south-east, 6 Greenfinch east/south-east, 6 Goldfinch east/south-east and 2 Reed Buntings east.

Grounded Migrants 
3 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrushes, 7 Redwings, 2 Wheatears, 1 Brambling and 1 Lesser Redpoll.
 
 Wheatear and Stonechat

Brambling

Others
500 Wigeon, 130 Teal, 6 Pintails, 41 Ringed Plovers, 22 Golden Plovers, 126 Grey Plovers, 200 Knot, 280 Sanderlings, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 300 Dunlins, 23 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Spotted Redshank, 280 Turnstones, 2 Med. Gulls and 1 Barn Owl.

Ringing
1 Wren, 1 Chaffinch and 4 Greenfinches.
 
 Chaffinch

Friday, 18th October 2013

Offshore 
1 Tufted Duck west, 33 Common Scoters west, 1 male Velvet Scoter seen again on the sea, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 1 Red-throated Diver west, 1 Gannet west, 1 Guillemot and 8 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration 
23 Pink-footed Geese south, 1 Carrion Crow south, 3 Skylarks east, 7 Blackbirds south-east, 6 Redwings south-east, 7 Starlings south, 2 Grey Wagtails south, 11 Alba Wagtails south/south-east, 13 Meadow Pipits south/south-east, 98 Chaffinch east/south-east, 3 Bramblings east/south-east, 16 Greenfinch east/south-east and 3 Goldfinch east/south-east.
 
 Pink-footed Geese

Grounded Migrants
6 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Ring Ouzel - noisy bird flying around just after dawn and nearly trapped for ringing, 43 Blackbirds, 2 Fieldfares, 11 Song Thrushes, 33 Redwings and 1 Wheatear.

Others
16 Snipe, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Barn Owl and 1 Stonechat.
 
 Ring Ouzel

Ringing
3 Blackbirds, 1 Redwing, 2 Wrens, 11 Greenfinch and 1 Reed Bunting.
 
 Reed Bunting

Thursday, 17th October 2013

Offshore
52 Common Scoters west, 1 male Velvet Scoter - on sea by the coastguards before flying off west, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers east & 1 west, 4 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Great Northern Diver west (Monday`s adult again), 1 Gannet east, 1 Kittiwake west, 4 Guillemots west, 1 Razorbill west and 102 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration 
3 Skylarks east, 3 Alba Wagtails south, 10 Meadow Pipits south, 17 Chaffinch east, 10 Greenfinch east and 2 Siskins east.

Grounded Migrants
5 Goldcrests, 35 Blackbirds, 4 Song Thrushes, 14 Redwings, 1 Stonechat and 2 Wheatears.
 
 Stonechat
 
 Wheatear

Others 
1 Peregrine, 4 Water Rails, 34 Ringed Plovers, 225 Sanderlings, 220 Turnstones, 1 Med. Gull and 1 Barn Owl.

Ringing 
1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Robin, 1 Wren and 4 Greenfinch.
 
 Grey Heron

Wednesday, 16th October 2013

Offshore
6 Shelducks west, 33 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Guillemots, 1 Razorbill and 15 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration
6 Whooper Swans east, 181 Pink-footed Geese east, 1 Sparrowhawk east, 14 Carrion Crows east/south-east, 10 Skylarks east, 26 Starlings south, 1 Blackbird south-east, 2 Fieldfares east, 4 Song Thrushes south-east, 26 Redwings east, 2 Tree Sparrows east, 1 Grey Wagtail east, 17 Alba Wagtails south/south-east, 27 Meadow Pipits east, 215 Chaffinch east/south-east, 7 Bramblings east/south-east, 24 Greenfinch east/south-east, 38 Goldfinch east/south-east, 2 Linnets south, 2 Redpolls east and 6 Reed Buntings east.
 
 Whooper Swans

Grounded Migrants
2 Goldcrests, 20 Blackbirds, 5 Fieldfares, 7 Song Thrushes, 55 Redwings, 2 Wheatears and 1 Reed Bunting.

Others 
300 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Peregrine, 32 Golden Plovers, 600 Lapwings, 1 Med. Gull and 1 Stonechat.

Ringing
3 Great Tits, 1 Wren, 1 Chaffinch and 2 Greenfinches.

Tuesday, 15th October 2013

The main feature today was a good 'vis' movement with the majority of the birds moving east, the highlight being a single Yellowhammer. A Black Redstart found in the afternoon was the first this Autumn.

Offshore
13 Teal west, 17 Eiders, 94 Common Scoters east, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers east, 2 Red-throated Divers west & 1 on the sea, 1 Gannet east, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Guillemots, 2 Razorbills and 41 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration 
4 Whooper Swans east, 94 Pink-footed Geese south, 1 Little Egret east, 3 Snipe east, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker east, 19 Jackdaws east, 2 Rooks east, 18 Carrion Crows east, 43 Skylarks east, 4 Swallows south, 19 Starlings south, 1 Dunnock east, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 22 Alba Wagtails south/south-east, 71 Meadow Pipits east, 3 Rock Pipits east, 208 Chaffinch east/south-east, 6 Bramblings east/south-east, 67 Greenfinch east/south-east, 41 Goldfinch east/south-east, 7 Siskins east, 12 Linnets south, 1 Redpoll south-west, 1 Yellowhammer east and 36 Reed Buntings east.

Grounded Migrants
5 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 26 Blackbirds, 11 Fieldfares, 10 Song Thrushes, 75 Redwings, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Stonechats, 5 Wheatears and 6 Reed Buntings.
Stonechat

Others 
600 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Pintails, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 31 Ringed Plovers, 55 Sanderlings, 14 Black-tailed Godwits, 200 Turnstones, 3 Med. Gulls and 1 Barn Owl.

Ringing
1 Great Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Blackbirds, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 12 Chaffinch and 15 Greenfinch.
 Fieldfare

Monday, 14th October 2013

Strong northerly winds in Autumn are usually poor for sea-watching here, but today was surprisingly good. One of the first birds seen this morning was a Black Guillemot flying east and 5 minutes later a cracking Great Northern Diver flew east just offshore - the closest seen off here in 30 years of sea-watching at the site. A little later a superb male Velvet Scoter flew into the Bay.

Offshore 
4 Wigeon west, 1 Teal east, 1 Pintail west, 55 Common Scoters east, 1 male Velvet Scoter east, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 6 Red-throated Divers east, 1 west & 1 on the sea, 1 adult Great Northern Diver east, 9 Gannets east, 1 juvenile Shag, 1 Great Crested Grebe east, 12 Guillemots, 5 Razorbills, 40 Auk sp. and 1 1st winter Black Guillemot east at 07:55.

Visible Migration 
14 Pink-footed Geese south, 1 Grey Heron east, 4 Alba Wagtails south and 7 Meadow Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants
2 Goldcrests, 2 Song Thrushes, 12 Redwings and 3 Wheatears.
 
 Wheatear

Others
225 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 9 Black-tailed Godwits and 1 Med. Gull.

Ringing
1 Goldcrest, 2 Blue Tits, 1 Great Tit and 3 Greenfinches.
 
 Goldcrest
 
 Greenfinch

Sunday, 13th October 2013

Offshore
84 Common Scoters west, 4 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Great Crested Grebe east, 1 Guillemot west and 14 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration
147 Pink-footed Geese south, 3 Alba Wagtails south, 10 Meadow Pipits south, 6 Chaffinch south and 3 Goldfinch east.

Grounded Migrants
3 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Song Thrushes, 6 Redwings and 3 Wheatears.
 
 Wheatear

Others
320 Wigeons, 100 Teal, 2 Pintails, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Merlin, 2 Water Rails, 38 Ringed Plovers, 63 Sanderlings, 19 Black-tailed Godwits, 270 Turnstones, 1 Med. Gull and 3 Rock Pipits.

Saturday, 12th October 2013

Offshore 
1 Wigeon east, 23 Eiders, 27 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-throated Diver west, 4 Guillemot and 10 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration 
107 Pink-footed Geese south, 6 Skylarks east/south-east, 46 Jackdaws south, 3 Carrion Crows south, 1 Blackbird south-east, 41 Redwings east, 1 Wheatear 'in-off', 1 Grey Wagtail south, 11 Alba Wagtails south, 15 Meadow Pipits south, 2 Rock Pipits south-west, 47 Chaffinch south/south-east, 2 Bramblings south/south-east, 38 Greenfinch south/south-east, 24 Goldfinch east/south-east and 24 Linnets south.

Grounded Migrants
7 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 30 Blackbirds, 6 Fieldfares, 16 Song Thrushes, 327 Redwings and 6 Wheatears.
 Wheatear

Others 
650 Pink-footed Geese, 275 Wigeons, 75 Teal, 2 Shovelers, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Med. Gull and 1 Barn Owl.

Ringing
1 Kestrel, 3 Goldcrests, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Redwings and 2 Wrens including a bird full of fat weighing 12.6 g.
 Redwing
 Kestrel

Friday, 11th October 2013

Today continued on from yesterday with another large Thrush movement. The birds were coming up the peninsular from the south and veering east/north-east. Another good find was a Black-throated Diver off the scar this afternoon and it was watched on and off for 15 minutes before being lost.
 
 Redwings

Offshore
45 Common Scoters, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers east, 1 Black-throated Diver, 8 Red-throated Divers west & 2 on the sea, 1 Great Crested Grebe east, 4 Little Gulls east, 1 Sandwich Tern east, 1 Arctic Tern west, 1 Guillemot, 3 Razorbills and 11 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
8 Whooper Swans east & 2 south, 134 Pink-footed Geese south, 3 Skylarks east, 2 Swallows south, 708 Fieldfares east/noth-east, 5,070 Redwings east/north-east, 5 Mistle Thrushes south-east, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 4 Alba Wagtails south, 12 Meadow Pipits south, 123 Chaffinch south, 5 Bramblings south, 10 Greenfinch south, 9 Goldfinch south and 5 Linnets south.
 
 Pink-footed Geese

Grounded Migrants
2 Goldcrests, 4 Coal Tits ,2 Chiffchaffs, 16 Blackbirds, 9 Song Thrushes and 3 Wheatears.
 
 Wheatear

Others 
12 Whooper Swans, 1,297 Pink-footed Geese, 58 Teal, 92 Wigeon, 15 Little Grebes, 1 Peregrine, 44 Ringed Plovers, 145 Sanderlings, 320 Turnstones, 3 Med. Gulls and 3 Rock Pipits.

Ringing
3 Blue Tits, 1 Great Tit, 7 Redwings, 1 Dunnock and 3 Chaffinch.
 
 Redwing
 
 Chaffinch