Watched the sea in the hopes of some wildfowl movement, but in the end, just 3 Brent Geese west. However, Auks were moving east in some numbers, totalling just over 4000 in 2.5 hours, of which about 70% were Guillemots. Other variety was provided by 3 Great Northern Divers (2 west and 1 on the sea), Red-throated Diver, Bar-Tailed Godwit (presumed same bird later at Horseley Cove) and Dunlin.

A little evidence of cold weather movement, with 150 Golden Plover and 10 Lapwings in the lower fields, 40+ Song Thrush, 25 Redwing, and the first Fieldfare of the year.  Also the 2 Water Pipits still in Horseley Cove, along with 3 Chiffchaffs.

Unusually, the Cirl Buntings have combined into a single flock numbering about 100, in the stubble fields at Langerstone Point. They are normally in 3 main flocks between the car-park and Horseley, but this current spectacle (of probably Britains largest modern day flock?) is well worth a look while it lasts!

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 8:58 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News