Saturday 20 October 2018

20th October 2018

Weather: SE1, a dark start because of the early tide

The Brent reached a new high for the season when 65 were counted at midday, earlier 3 Wigeon were with them between the islands. The morning was otherwise very quiet with little visible migration, just 42 Meadow Pipit, 35 Linnets, 3 Skylarks, 3 Goldfimches, 2 Pied Wagtails and a lone Starling landing at the north end.
Pulses were sent racing when a late Wheatear arrived by the light on the west side which showed a tail pattern typical of  Isabelline Wheatear.
Better photos were obtained in the sunshine and unfortunately the other features of identification could only be considered as that of a Northern Wheatear, we will get a rare Wheatear here one day!
A tatty Red Admiral enjoyed the sun early afternoon.
Also noted today, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 140 Redshank, 80 Turnstone, 87 Curlew, 3 Grey Plover, 39 Scoter, 18 Shelduck, 2 Rock Pipits, 2 Dunnock.

Ringed: 2 Wren      [ 535-34 ]
photos JE,AS.

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