Greater Sandplover Kazakhstan May 2017

28 October, 2011

Sadly there was no sign of the Pallas's Warbler this morning, but there were plenty of compensations as it turned into a cracking day's birding at the Gap. Two Firecrests were in Long wood, and at least 2 Short-eared Owls performed well, eventually showing at close range along the beach. Six Crossbills were seen and heard as they flew east, and visible migration was the best of the autumn so far, with 3600+ Goldfinches passing through, flock after flock streaming east, together with 3-figure counts of Siskin, Redpoll, Pied/alba Wagtail, Linnet and Skylark. Other migrants included 10 Swallows, 2 Wheatears, 12 Fieldfares, 20 Redwings and several Blackcaps, and finally a Ring Ouzel at the back of Bailiffscourt