As of 10 November 2015, a total of 430 species have been recorded this year

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Friday, 13 November 2015

It's Back - The Friday Roundup

In Derbyshire, the EURASIAN CRAG MARTIN first seen on Remembrance Sunday and last seen on Tuesday at dusk reappeared late morning today at the crooked spire of Chesterfield Town Centre's St Mary's Church and showed virtually non-stop in blue skies until 1350, when presumably it flew off to roost in the vicinity. The location is just ten minutes drive from Junction 29 of the M1 and is amply supported by parking facilities - at £1.10 per hour.
Also newly found today was a very obliging first-winter GLOSSY IBIS in Northeast Norfolk, frequenting the rough grazing meadow at the south end of the lake at Felbrigg Hall NT. Another GLOSSY IBIS remains at Pilning Wetland, Northwick Warth (Avon), where nearby, strong winds forced a single LEACH'S PETREL and Pomarine Skua into the upper reaches of the Severn Estuary at Severn Beach. It was a similar story in West Cornwall, where high winds afforded a reasonable seawatch, with Pendeen Watchpoint producing 4 Pomarine Skuas, at least 4 Grey Phalaropes, 40+ Sooty Shearwaters and 28 Balearic Shearwaters, with 2 lingering Grey Phalaropes in St Ives Bay. The Wirral also saw its first LEACH'S PETREL movement of the year with 6 west past Leasowe Embankment.
Elsewhere in the country, winter seems to have arrived with the first snow of the autumn in highland Scotland and temperatures plummeting. A North American Green-winged Teal remains at Caerlaverock WWT (Dumfries & Galloway) as does a drake Ring-necked Duck in Pitlochry (Perth & Kinross), while over in the Edinburgh area (Lothian), a fresh plumaged juvenile WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER continues for a second day at Musselburgh Lagoons (showing well from the Middle Hide) and the adult drake SURF SCOTER lingers off Joppa. A further SURF SCOTER, this time a nondescript juvenile, is off Barra (Outer Hebrides) at Cleat. A handful of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS are being seen, with up to 13 in Edinburgh and 9 in Aberdeen. In Northumberland, a juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER remains at Cresswell Pond NWT, most often feeding on the muddy edge of the west shoreline, viewable distantly from the coast road.
A few BLACK BRANTS are to be found in East Anglia with an adult showing well with Dark-bellied Brent Geese in the Eye Field at Cley NWT (Norfolk) while just a few juvenile ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARDS are now being seen, with long-staying survivors at Titchwell RSPB (Norfolk) and Frinton-on-Sea Golf Course (Essex). A very late first-winter RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was at Hollesley marsh RSPB (Suffolk) until at least 12th. Very small numbers of Shore Lark and Snow Bunting are to be found, with perhaps 18 Twite at Thornham Creek (Norfolk). In Essex, a very late first-winter COMMON REDSTART remains on Two Tree Island, while in Kent, Dungeness RSPB offers up to 9 Great White Egrets, 7 Caspian Gulls and a good number of lingering Firecrests.
At least 7 CATTLE EGRETS are to be found in Southwest Britain, with 2 on the Camel Estuary at Dinham Flats (Cornwall), 2 at Twelve Oaks, Teigngrace (South Devon) and singles at Aveton Gifford (Devon) and Shapwick Heath NNR (Somerset); A storm-blown GREY PHALAROPE is present for a second day at Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch Harbour (Dorset). The drake LESSER SCAUP has been at Chew Valley Lake (Avon) recently while in the Weymouth and Portland Bill area (Dorset) today, upwards of 10,000 Woodpigeons departed the country, part of the species' annual migration from the Baltic States to wintering grounds in Iberia and southern France.

In IRELAND, a very late RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER remains at Brownstown Head (Co. Waterford).

Lee G R Evans

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