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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Rush of the Thrush on the Cliffs

Good passage of Redwing on the Cliffs this morning, still going on when i got home 8.45. Plus nice passage of Mipits, alba Wags and first Sand Martin of the year. Also 1000+ Common Scoter close inshore early on.

Hunstanton Cliffs (Norfolk, England)
Thursday 20 March 2014   

Counting period: 6:10-8:40
Weather: wind South4, cloud-cover 8/8, temperature 7 ℃
Observers: Chris Mills & Andy Brown
Marsh Harrier1-Fieldfare46-Greenfinch10-
Golden Plover2-Redwing493-Goldfinch88-
Collared Dove2-Jackdaw19-Linnet173-
Skylark3-Rook15-redpoll sp.1-
Sand Martin4-Carrion Crow13-Crossbill5-
Meadow Pipit830-Starling19-Snow Bunting1-
Rock Pipit1-Tree Sparrow28-Reed Bunting4-
alba wagtail sp.108-Chaffinch9-

Totals: 2193 individuals, 26 species, 2:30 hours

Bold = Remarkable observation (scarce or rare species or large number)
Comments: The first Sand Martins (and trans-Saharan migrants) of the year with good numbers of Linnets and Meadow Pipits. About 1000 Common Scoters were close inshore. The Redwing passage continued for much of the morning with parties up to 100 strong passing over the town at intervals of perhaps every 5-10 minutes.

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