What a contrast from yesterdays gales, the weather this morning was cool and clear with the resultant rush of visible migration over the reserve as many species made the most of the suitable conditions. Not many thrushes just a couple of redwings and a single mistle thrush but loads of finches particularly chaffinch, also brambling, siskin, redpoll, goldfinch, greenfinch, bullfinch and yellowhammer all going south with masses of skylark and a good few meadow pipits mixed in along with a couple of rock pipits.
But then there was the first significant westward movement of up to 500 woodpigeon plus quite a few robins lurking in the bushes making a typical seep call as many migrant robins tend to do, there was also a lone chiffchaff along the hedgerow. I always like a good bit of vis-mig watching as it always feels that just about anything can turn up!
Below - wood pigs moving west high over the reserve
The great white egret made another brief appearance this morning as it flew through the reserve. With up to 5 little egrets feeding on site during the day I can't believe it's not staying put with them on Ousefleet!
A minimum of 8 marsh harriers out of roost this morning and recent records of merlin, sparrowhawk and peregrine, but no hen harriers still!
Marsh harriers appropriatly at Marshland hide on Monday
Still reasonable numbers of wildfowl on the reserve with up to 90 gadwall, 670 teal , 80 wigeon, 20+ shoveler then a mix of tufted duck, mallard, greylags but just a few pinkfeet at the moment. Most of the pinks seem to be going out to feed on the wolds over the last couple of days which is a pity because recently they have been spectacular as they pass over the hides. 3 whooper swans also passed south at the weekend, hopefully there will be a few more to follow over the next week or two.
Below - teal from today
Waders too have been pretty good on the tide with peaks of 37 black tailed godwits, 2 ruff, 90 snipe, 20 curlew, 50 dunlin, little stint, 240 lapwing, golden plover, redshank but just a single flythrough spotted redshank.
Waders at Marshland on Monday
Other birds of note include up to 3 Cetti's warblers, our regular kingfisher, and stonechat. The bearded tits were again erupting this morning with up to 14 birds high flying in front of Xerox hide, remember it has to be calm fine mornings for them to high fly, if its windy then you've got little to no chance of seeing them.
And finally there have been some recent fine sunrises so I'll finish with a landscape.