I thought it was going to be a Thrush morning yesterday as I had a Redwing over the garden in the half-light before heading to the Obs, and the first bird I had at the Obs was a Fieldfare, but they were the only migrant Thrushes I would record.
The wind had eased to a 10 mph southerly and all the vis was heading the right way (north)! Talking of vis on my walk round I recorded six Goldfinches, a Fieldfare, 54 Woodpigeons, 16 Alba Wags, a Chaffinch, 95 Pink-footed Geese, three Linnets, two Grey Wagtails and 30 Whooper Swans heading north just above the sea wall! Unfortunately I had moved away from the sea and was heading inland when I heard the Whoopers, and if I had been in the same position they would have flown low over my head giving me a good photographic opportunity. Well that's the theory anyway!
Birds holding territory included Great Tit, Wren,Robin , Woodpigeon, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Blackbird, Reed Bunting, Mallard and Skylark.
The sea was again quiet with just three Cormorants, eight Eiders and a male Red-breasted Merganser. To be fair I didn't spend a great deal of time looking as it was quite murky out there. Only 12 Snipe and no Jack Snipes on the flood and other than two Long-tailed Tits that was my morning at the Obs.
Back home I had a single Clouded Drab in the moth trap and if I kept a house list I would have added Raven as I had a single croaking bird heading northeast. Nice!
I should have been out this morning, but with numerous reports to write I thought it better to crack on and try and get out for a few days later in the week.
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