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