Light NNW breeze, pretty much sunny all day.
0855-1045: decent autumn birding at last: eg:
Bearded tit Male and female calling in sky to north east but view obscured by bush then landed central marsh reeds noisily for c25 secs then towered up high to south (To my knowledge this is the first record for the recording area, yesterday's Dusky warbler was only the second record (again, I think MD))
1220 Fieldfare nw,
480 Redwing nw,
c40 Blackbird on arrival, but quickly flushed inland.
Thanks to Alan Larsen for some of thrush passage
2 Sparrowhawk high S,
high flock 70 Woodpigeon,
Green Woodpecker 1
No warbler spp other than 3 Cettis despite two LTT flocks (8 plus 11 unringed) through.
40 finch spp,
flock 30 jackdaw south,
1 Reed bunting south.
Red Nab to Saltmarsh (MD)
Greenfinch c50 feeding on mustard seeds at Red Nab plus 35 doing the same on the saltmarsh
Knot - flock c500 flying around Red Nab before feeding on mud out from saltmarsh
Wigeon only 40 had gathered on Red Nab, but early in rising tide.
Rock Pipit 3 (2 on Red Nab plus one near rocky outcrop east of saltmarsh)
Song Thrush 2 on saltmarsh
Grey Plover 3
|One of the Grey Plover, just out from the saltmarsh|
Great White Egret “following” IOM ferry into bay then continuing north up centre of bay
Mediterranean gull 2-3 adult following ferry.
earlier 12 plus 8 Whooper swan SW
Red Admiral 1 in off Ocean Edge
|This is the Little grebe with its catch. |
Its movements suggest small fish, rather than invertebrate
|One of the feeding Redwing|
|This Rook and a Jackdaw were heading west|
|This is the point, just before the Heron realises that it's nasty!|
It is the right shape for a large newt.