Friday, 19 October 2007

Thursday 18th October

An afternoon off work saw me at Cliffe, forlonly looking for the Great grey Shrike, of which there was no sign. However the weather was fantastically sunny and crisp, so I decided to do the Cliffe circuit. Nothing much out of the ordinary, and wader numbers were lowere than expected, especially as it was near high tide. However good number of Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Shelduck and Lapwing were all on show, along with 1x Kingfisher, 2x Little Stint, 1x Ruff and 1x Green Sandpiper (in a ditch). A Harrier sp, probably Marsh, was seen being mobbed by a crow near the seawall, but the heat haze (in late October!) was too intense to get a positive ID. My first Fieldfares of the year also showed up, 200+ were seen, monopolising the hawthorn bushes on the track from the seawall back to the Black Barn. Also 2 large flocks (100+) of Goldfinches slowly moved west.

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