"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Thrushes at last & a few others arrive

A great day of visible migration, with 80,000+ Starling and good numbers of thrushes noted from Hunstanton cliffs during the first 2hrs in the morning. 

Myself & Robin Jolliffe then enjoyed the continuing spectacle from Gore Point. The following counts are of birds passing overhead here or dropping into the bushes in off the sea. For thrushes this represents only a small percentage of birds dropping into the area. Some birds were high and we clearly missed some of the higher birds.

From 9.30-1600 

Brent Goose 284w
Pink-footed Goose 9 in off
Fulmar 1w
Gannet 50w
Guillemot 3
Red-throated Diver 8 on sea
Great Crested Grebe 12 on sea
Red breastedMerganser 13w
Eider 3w & 1e
Velvet Scoter 6w
Pintail 1 in off
Wigeon 622w
Teal 9w
Goldeneye 12w
Shelduck 58w
Grey Heron 4w
Great Skua 3w
Sandwich tern 1
Black-headed Gull 2307w
Lapwing 418w
Snipe 2
Great Sp. W'pecker 1w & high
Skylark 99w
Meadow Pipit light passage 100 west
Rock Pipit 14w
Grey Wagtail 1w
Blackbird 196 in off
Fieldfare 540 in off
Mistle Thrush 2 in off
Song Thrush 23 in off
Redwing 1133 in off
Starling 6830w under estimate, as birds moving along Ringstead ridge missed
Brambling 23w/in off
Siskin 2w
Linnet 10w
Twite 3w
Redpoll 1w
Lapland Bunting 1w
Yellowhammer 1w
Reed Bunting 4w

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