Sunday, 28 October 2018

Back to the patch and a major flight

Back to patch today and straight into a major movement. The day's totals:

1 Great White Egret (dipped), 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 dark-bellied Brent Goose, 345 Fieldfare (mainly NW, also a few E), 230 Redwing, 429 Chaffinch (mainly W),  263 Skylark N- NW, 1300 Starling W, 40 Lapwing W and 10 Wigeon and 1 1st-winter Caspian Gull on the deck. 

 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (above and below) 

 Short-eared Owl- came in from east and went southwest 
 An incredible 263 Skylark today 
 Fieldfares on the move 
 Over 1300 Starling moving W through morning 
1st-winter 'Caspian Gull' (some dark marking on heads and pattern of greater coverts not classic) 
 Todays weather- the second day of a moderate north easterly airflow causing a large movement of birds across the North Sea. Presumably our birds today that were mainly heading northwest were 'tacking across' the airflow. 
Weather for Tuesday- looking good for more movement across the north sea and hoping as the eye moves around will push birds into the Thames- planning a day out on Tuesday to the estuary 

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