Saturday 20 November 2010

20th November 2010

The south easterly brought a few passerines in today, notably 4 Goldcrests, 6 Blackbirds, 5 Song Thrushes (left) and a Reed Bunting. Overhead were 9 Skylarks, 50 Starlings (others came down to feed, above), about 30 Meadow Pipits, 6 Goldfinches and 3 Siskins.

The best surprise of the day was the quality of the seabirds at high tide this late in the season and with a unhelpful wind direction. No less than 25 Red-throated divers and 18 Great Crested Grebes were present and 8 late Gannets fed off to the north west. Three Kittiwakes (including 1 juvenile) were noted, and best of all was a Little Gull (above right) flying in fairly close view for quite a few minutes. Also seen were 17 Common Scoters and 4 Guillemots.

Shorebirds included a Grey Plover (above) and 2 Little Egrets, and an impressive count of 850 Shelduck after the tide in the East Hoyle/Little Eye area.
Ringed;- 3 Blackbirds (see photos above of immature male, left and adult male, right in both photos, showing differences in bill and feather colour) , 2 Goldcrests, 1 Song Thrush.
(CJ,NDW,PSW,SRW,TGW) [706] photos CJ & PSW (Grey Plover, Song Thrush, Little Gull)

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