Monday, 29 October 2012

Saturday 27th October

With a brisk north wind blowing I headed to Southwold for what was hopped to be a bird filled seawatch. However it soon become apparent that little was on the move, a couple of Little Auks, a lone bonxie, 20+ Eider were to be the best of it but bird of the day for me was a close north bound Sooty Shearwater.

Rain stopped play after a couple of hours.

Monday, 15 October 2012

8th - 14th October

With a week off and a long range forecast looking promising I was hoping for a good week of birding on the Suffolk coast. As would be expected there were days that provided some good birds and others that were hard work. The start of the week provided Ring Ouzel,  bearded tit, woodlark and the Yellow-browed Warbler at Thorpeness but in truth I was expecting more. The middle of the week was hard going and several sites were covered with little reward. Thursday saw a change in luck with some good birds found. A seawatch from Southwold was rewarded with big numbers of Gannets,  auks,  divers and wildfowl moving south. Highlights were a short-eared owl in off and pomarine,  great and Arctic skuas all headline south. 4 Firecrests were found at various places around Southwold but the best find was a Red-breasted Flycatcher at constitution hill.
Saturday was a relaxing affair at landguard but was filled with plenty of migrants. Highlights included 5 Ring Ouzels,  woodlark,  tree pipit, and a constant procession of finches and pipits.