Sunday, 20 October 2019

Ring Ouzels

Lade - cool, cloudy, n 2 - At last, a change in the weather with a high pressure system bringing more settled conditions, and hopefully more conducive for delivering a few decent migrants this coming week. Two trips over the local patch produced two and then three Ring Ouzels along the main track scrub, while DS had six in Mockmill along with a Snipe and Dartford Warbler. Overhead, a trickle of Skylarks, Reed Buntings, Goldfinches and Mipits, plus three Jays in off the bay. On the beach this afternoon on the incoming tide: 30 Sandwich Terns, 220 Curlews and 560 Oystercatchers to roost, also noted in small numbers Barwit, Knot, Dunlin, Turnstone and Ringed Plover, plus two Grey Seals following the tide in.
  This afternoon I joined CP for the first harrier count of autumn out on Walland Marsh where 15 Marsh Harriers came to roost. Also noted: Peregrine, six Buzzards, six Kestrels, two Ravens, five Great White and two Little Egrets, 60 Golden Plovers, six Snipe, 20 Skylarks, 20 Meadow Pipits, two Stonechats, two Corn Buntings, a Barn Owl and an `eared` owl.
  Elsewhere today the Sabine`s Gull was at the Patch, a Yellow-browed Warbler was trapped at the Obs and a Long-tailed Duck joined the Red-throated Diver on Burrowes.

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