Monday, 7 November 2011

7th November

Steppe Grey Shrike

2 Snow Buntings on Axe Estuary sea wall yesterday (J.Packer) otherwise little of note locally. Woodpigeons have been recorded on the move with the first signs again in the North-west. Yesterday Stainburn recorded 60,000. This morning 50,000 over Berryhill, Staffs. Locally in Sand Bay a flock of 400 dropped into a field adjacent to the bay.
The Steppe Grey Shrike is the bird at The Wall, Shropshire.
News from Norfolk: I had Crossbill over the house this morning and some lapwings past. Seawatching was pleasant yesterday more the arriving duck which were a nice mix of species, plenty of Wigeon and Shelduck and some teal and pintail, but also Goosander, Scaup and Goldeneye with Eider, Long-tailed Duck, red breasted merganser and scoter, even some of the sea ducks were arriving as we had few Eider recently. Some Great Skuas and an Arctic or two I missed some earlier Poms. Lots of Song thrush, Blackbird, Redwings, Robins in pines and some Fieldfare and I flushed a Woodcock

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