Saturday, 24 December 2016

Coastal East Anglia - November 2016

There was a familiar theme with sightings this month for coastal East Anglia patchers, seaduck, geese, seawatching and waxwings. Rob Hall added 8% to his already very impressive year with the additions of Long-tailed Duck, Snow Bunting, White-fronted Geese and Bewick's Swans. All classic winter birds in East Anglia but always a delight to see on patch. Ryan Irvine was the big mover this month, jumping to 2nd from 4th as he also added 8% including two bonus pointers, Leach's Petrel and the 3rd record ever of Crane for him at Hemsby. Highlight of the month was a Water Rail found in the dunes, a full fat patch tick! James Brown and Scott Mayson drop a place each despite James adding Little Auk, Long-tailed Duck and Snow Bunting. The only other mover in the comparative league was Nige Lound as he creeps into the top 5 thanks to a patch tick Green-winged Teal and two Storm-petrels, only the 4th and 5th records for Gibraltar Point NNR.

Excellent month for geese throughout the region

James Brown continues to run away with the points league although his lead has been cut to a meagre 21pts! Paul Eele is highest mover, jumping ahead of Justin Zantboer after a good month with Bean Geese, 60+ Waxwings, Purple Sandpiper and a shed load of seaduck and divers off the coast of Titchwell. The north coast of Norfolk was the place to be in November for seawatching. Irene Boston shared in the seaduck extravaganza at Brancaster and also had the nice addition of Shore Lark. James Appleton also managed to find a Shore Lark at Happisburgh and also added Little Auk during a seawatch as well as the highly elusive and rare Lapwing! Luke Nash was another to enjoy some seawatching, Black-throated Diver, Little Auk and Glaucous Gull amongst the highlights, rounded off with some Shore Larks on the coast.

Seaduck a highlight for many during November

An excellent month for many with some high quality winter birds, what does December have in store for us?

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