Winter at Holme Bird Observatory (please click for clip)

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Late autumn comes good!

To answer the previous post, yes, autumn 2011 certainly did have a sting in the tail! This was provided by a cracking male DESERT WHEATEAR on the beach 10th-12th November (T. Bennet et. al.), only the 2nd site record and captured well by John Furse above (click to make it bigger), as well as an elusive Hoopoe 11th-12th, a flyby juvenile Sabine's Gull on the 6th (C.H. Mills et. al.), a good arrival of common migrants, including 350+ Blackbirds on the 7th, as well as the usual late autumn smattering of Lapland Buntings, Pomarine Skuas, Woodcocks and Short-eared Owls amongst more standard fare. Will the continuing SE winds spring one last surprise (maybe a Desert Warbler if we wish hard enough!)?